cav·​er·​nic·​o·​lous ˌka-vər-ˈni-kə-ləs How to pronounce cavernicolous (audio)
: inhabiting caves

Examples of cavernicolous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The family therefore provides a model for testing the hypotheses that ecological specialists (stenotopes) evolve from generalist ancestors (eurytopes) and that specialization (in this case to the cavernicolous habitat) is an irreversible, evolutionary dead-end that ultimately leads to extinction. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 18 Mar. 2010

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Word History


cavern entry 1 + -i- + -colous, probably after French cavernicole

First Known Use

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cavernicolous was circa 1889

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“Cavernicolous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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