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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ol-i-goh-trof-ik, -troh-fik]
    • /ˌɒl ɪ goʊˈtrɒf ɪk, -ˈtroʊ fɪk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ol-i-goh-trof-ik, -troh-fik]
    • /ˌɒl ɪ goʊˈtrɒf ɪk, -ˈtroʊ fɪk/

Definitions of oligotrophic word

  • adjective oligotrophic (of a lake) characterized by a low accumulation of dissolved nutrient salts, supporting but a sparse growth of algae and other organisms, and having a high oxygen content owing to the low organic content. 1
  • noun oligotrophic (especially of a lake) relatively low in plant nutrients and containing abundant oxygen in the deeper parts. 1
  • adjective oligotrophic (of lakes and similar habitats) poor in nutrients and plant life and rich in oxygen 0
  • adjective oligotrophic designating or of a lake, pond, etc. poor in plant nutrient minerals and organisms and usually rich in oxygen at all depths 0

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Origin of oligotrophic

First appearance:

before 1925
One of the 11% newest English words
First recorded in 1925-30; oligo- + trophic

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oligotrophic popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 48% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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