speleology

noun spe·le·ol·o·gy \ ˌspē-lē-ˈä-lə-jē , ˌspe- \

Definition of speleology

: the scientific study or exploration of caves

speleological

play \ˌspē-lē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl, ˌspe-\ adjective

speleologist

play \ˌspē-lē-ˈä-lə-jist, ˌspe-\ noun

Origin and Etymology of speleology

Latin speleum cave (from Greek spēlaion) + International Scientific Vocabulary -o- + -logy — more at spelunker


Learn More about speleology


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up speleology? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to lessen the seriousness or strength of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's That From? A Word Origin Quiz

  • turris-babel-by-athanasius-kircher
  • What language gave the word robot to English?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!