speleology


spe·le·ol·o·gy

noun \ˌspē-lē-ˈä-lə-jē, ˌspe-\

Definition of SPELEOLOGY

:  the scientific study or exploration of caves
spe·le·o·log·i·cal \ˌspē-lē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl, ˌspe-\ adjective
spe·le·ol·o·gist \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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