dendrochronology

noun
den·​dro·​chro·​nol·​o·​gy | \ ˌden-(ˌ)drō-krə-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce dendrochronology (audio) \

Definition of dendrochronology

: the science of dating events and variations in environment in former periods by comparative study of growth rings in trees and aged wood

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Other Words from dendrochronology

dendrochronological \ ˌden-​(ˌ)drō-​ˌkrä-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce dendrochronological (audio) , -​ˌkrō-​ \ adjective
dendrochronologically \ ˌden-​(ˌ)drō-​ˌkrä-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce dendrochronologically (audio) , -​ˌkrō-​ \ adverb
dendrochronologist \ ˌden-​(ˌ)drō-​krə-​ˈnä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce dendrochronologist (audio) \ noun

Examples of dendrochronology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the intervening decades, however, scientific analytical techniques have gained traction and authority, particularly dendrochronology, the dating of wooden panels based on study of their tree rings. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "Art Museum's big fall exhibit, opening Friday, shows the amazing evolution of Philly's great Johnson Collection," 1 Nov. 2017 That makes dendrochronology essential for archaeology, too, as well as the study of historic climate change. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Why an Astronomer Turned to Trees to Try to Solve a Celestial Mystery," 5 July 2017 Dendrochronology is the study of tree rings as a way to understand past events. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Why an Astronomer Turned to Trees to Try to Solve a Celestial Mystery," 5 July 2017 Mr. Woodward sent wood samples selected from structural elements to the dendrochronology lab at Columbia University. Emily S. Rueb, New York Times, "Awakening the Bowery’s Ghosts," 12 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of dendrochronology

circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

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“Dendrochronology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dendrochronology. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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