hy·​dro·​sphere | \ ˈhī-drō-ˌsfir How to pronounce hydrosphere (audio) \

Definition of hydrosphere

: the aqueous vapor of the atmosphere broadly : the aqueous envelope of the earth including bodies of water and aqueous vapor in the atmosphere

Other Words from hydrosphere

hydrospheric \ ˌhī-​drə-​ˈsfir-​ik How to pronounce hydrospheric (audio) , -​ˈsfer-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of hydrosphere

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hydrosphere

borrowed from German Hydrosphäre, from hydro- hydro- + -sphäre -sphere

Note: Hydrosphäre was introduced by the Austrian geologist Eduard Suess (1831-1914) in Die Entstehung der Alpen (Vienna, 1875), p. 158.

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“Hydrosphere.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrosphere. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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