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

Other Words from dendrochronology

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

Examples of dendrochronology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then the work of interpreting the language of the wood got going in earnest, using dendrochronology, a range of scientific techniques developed in the course of a century. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 6 May 2022 Jonathan Barichivich, a scientist from Chile who specializes in dendrochronology, and his colleague Antonio Lara announced their findings last month. Felicia Alvarez, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2022 Researchers typically calculate a tree’s age with a process known as dendrochronology, which involves counting the number of rings in the tree’s trunk. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 May 2022 One afternoon, in the early nineteen-twenties, Douglass gave a talk about dendrochronology. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 6 May 2022 The Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research is the world’s oldest dendrochronology lab, and still one of the most renowned. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Nov. 2021 Earlier in this century, an individual Great Basin bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) in California’s White Mountains was dated using tree-ring analysis, or dendrochronology, and found to be more than 5,000 years old. Robin Lloyd, Scientific American, 24 Dec. 2021 And the scientists who study tree rings – dendrochronology, as the field is called – are finding that their work is becoming increasingly recognized as crucial in the fight against climate change. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Nov. 2021 The Oxford Tree-Ring Laboratory, a firm based in Baltimore, performed dendrochronology to date samples of the home’s timbers, determining that they were felled in the winter of 1739. Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dendrochronology

circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

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“Dendrochronology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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