Definition of phenology in English:


Syllabification: phe·nol·o·gy
Pronunciation: /fiˈnäləjē


  • The study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena, especially in relation to climate and plant and animal life.
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    • Flowering phenology is mainly under genetic control, implying that a detailed study of flowering phenology must consider plants at the individual level.
    • As a result of this delayed phenology, the natural climatic conditions the plants experienced may have selected for early flowering regardless of competition treatment.
    • Other investigations suggest a fundamental role for plant phenology in the population dynamics of oak herbivores.



Pronunciation: /ˌfēnəˈläjikəl/
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  • We used a multitemporal series of three satellite images, taken during similar phenological periods, to measure current habitats as well as determine components of habitat change.
  • We distinguish between trophic (growth related) and phenological (development and differentiation related) processes.
  • Reich and Borchert showed that, in seasonal tropical environments, the periodicity of plant phenological events is caused both by their endogenous rhythm and by seasonal climatic changes.


late 19th century: from phenomenon + -logy.

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