ol·​i·​go·​tro·​phic | \ ˈä-li-gō-ˈtrō-fik How to pronounce oligotrophic (audio) , ˈō-; ə-ˈli-gə- \

Definition of oligotrophic

: having a deficiency of plant nutrients that is usually accompanied by an abundance of dissolved oxygen clear oligotrophic lakes

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Recent Examples on the Web Mashapaug Lake is oligotrophic — largely free of nutrients — so the water is very clear and paddlers can see down about 20 feet. Frank Cohen, courant.com, "CT's Flatwater Destinations For Canoers, Kayakers," 18 May 2017

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First Known Use of oligotrophic

1911, in the meaning defined above

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“Oligotrophic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oligotrophic. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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