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speleology

play
noun spe·le·ol·o·gy \ˌspē-lē-ˈä-lə-jē, ˌspe-\

Definition of speleology

  1. :  the scientific study or exploration of caves

speleological play \ˌspē-lē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl, ˌspe-\ adjective
speleologist play \ˌspē-lē-ˈä-lə-jist, ˌspe-\ noun


Origin of speleology

Latin speleum cave (from Greek spēlaion) + International Scientific Vocabulary -o- + -logy — more at spelunker


First Known Use: 1895


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