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[fi-nol-uh-jee] /fɪˈnɒl ə dʒi/
the science dealing with the influence of climate on the recurrence of such annual phenomena of animal and plant life as budding and bird migrations.
Origin of phenology
1880-85; syncopated variant of phenomenology, with restriction to climatic phenomena
Related forms
[feen-l-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌfin lˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
phenologically, adverb
phenologist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for phenology
  • phenology signals are clearer than changes in species distribution.
  • Vegetation phenology derived from remote sensing is important for a variety of scientific applications.
  • Learn more about other phenology programs around the country.
  • Depicting two annual growing seasons in remote sensing phenology is a challenge.
  • phenology is the study of the seasonal timing of life events, such as when a flower blooms in the spring.
  • It defines the phenology of their growth, and in some cases growth habits.
British Dictionary definitions for phenology


the study of recurring phenomena, such as animal migration, esp as influenced by climatic conditions
Derived Forms
phenological (ˌfiːnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
phenologist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from pheno(menon) + -logy
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Word Origin and History for phenology

"study of the influence of climate on recurring natural phenomena," 1881, from German (phänologisch, Karl Fritsch, 1853) from Latin phaeno-, from Greek phaino-, from phainein "to show" (see phantasm) + -logy. Related: Phenological (1875).

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phenology in Science
The scientific study of cyclical biological events, such as flowering, breeding, and migration, in relation to climatic conditions. Phenological records of the dates on which seasonal phenomena occur provide important information on how climate change affects ecosystems over time.
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