phenology

noun
phe·​nol·​o·​gy | \ fi-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce phenology (audio) \

Definition of phenology

1 : a branch of science dealing with the relations between climate and periodic biological phenomena (such as bird migration or plant flowering)
2 : periodic biological phenomena that are correlated with climatic conditions

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Other Words from phenology

phenological \ ˌfē-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce phenological (audio) \ adjective
phenologically \ ˌfē-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce phenologically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of phenology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Keep planting trees' Lorentz studies the Ohio River ecosystem and said people can already expect to see fewer fish this season from warmer winters two to three years back as part of that balance of phenology. Erin Glynn, Cincinnati.com, "How this year's second-warmest winter will affect your backyard," 30 Mar. 2020 Because of its unique flowering phenology, hemp can potentially provide nutrition to bees during a period of floral scarcity. Kristen Rogers And David G. Allan, CNN, "If you want to save bumble bees, plant these flowers in your yard," 28 Jan. 2020 All are led by naturalists and each has a theme, such as the phenology of when things happen in the natural world, like when lakes freeze, animals come out of hibernation and buds erupt. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin botanical gardens and arboretums are a tropical escape in winter," 27 Dec. 2019 Phenology calendar from Leopold Foundation Among Aldo Leopold's many interests was phenology, or the timing of natural events. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Three Wisconsin books and a calendar to consider as gifts this season," 14 Dec. 2019 The phenology calendar sells for $15 and is available from the foundation at aldoleopold.org. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Three Wisconsin books and a calendar to consider as gifts this season," 14 Dec. 2019 The bulk of the existing research concerns phenology. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Many Animals Can’t Adapt Fast Enough to Climate Change," 23 July 2019 Morphology refers to physiological changes, like the aforementioned shrinking effect; phenology has to do with the timing of life events such as breeding and migration. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Many Animals Can’t Adapt Fast Enough to Climate Change," 23 July 2019 Trends in spring for Cleveland from a weather perspective While most scientists use phenology to describe the onset of spring, many Ohioans associate spring with warmer temperatures and drenching downpours. Justin Madden, cleveland.com, "Parma police find missing 12-year-old boy with autism," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of phenology

circa 1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for phenology

phenomena + -logy

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The first known use of phenology was circa 1884

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Last Updated

7 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Phenology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phenology. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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