limnology

noun lim·nol·o·gy \ lim-ˈnä-lə-jē \

Definition of limnology

: the scientific study of bodies of fresh water (such as lakes)

limnological

play \ˌlim-nə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ or less commonly limnologic play \ˌlim-nə-ˈlä-jik\ adjective

limnologist

play \lim-ˈnä-lə-jist\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of limnology

borrowed from French limnologie, from Greek límnē "standing water, pool, marshy lake" + French -o- -o- + -logie -logy — more at limnetic
Note: French limnologie was introduced by the Swiss scientist François-Alphonse Forel (1841-1912), probably first in Le Léman: monographie lymnologique, tome 1 (Lausanne, 1892), p. vi: "Je dois expliquer ce néologisme, et m'en excuser si cela est nécessaire…J'ai donc dû chercher un mot plus modeste [que océanographie], et ne pouvant appeler mon étude la limnographie, car le mot limnographe est déjà réservé à certains appareils marégraphiques des lacs, force a été de forger le mot limnologie. La limnologie est donc l'océanographie des lacs." ("I must explain this neologism, and excuse myself for it if this is necessary…I then had to seek out a word more modest [than oceanography], and, not being able to call my study limnography, because the word 'limnograph' is already reserved for certain devices measuring tides in lakes, I was compelled to coin the word limnology. Limnology is the oceanography of lakes.")



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