Definition of speleology in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌspiːlɪˈɒlədʒi/


[mass noun]
The study or exploration of caves.
Example sentences
  • Her interests include archaeology, botany and speleology.
  • His field of expertise is speleology (the study of caves) and karstology (the study of karst lands).
  • He studied speleology and wrote a book on the work and life of Karel Absolon, discoverer of the Punkva caves near Brno.



Pronunciation: /ˌspiːlɪəˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l/ /ˌspɛlɪəˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • He was till recently the head scientist at the world's first speleological institute.
  • None of these had a map, any recollection of the cave's name, or predictably, even basic speleological Slovak.
  • ‘It was outfitted for tourism without taking into account speleological studies that had been carried out over several decades,’ Redonte said.


Pronunciation: /ˌspiːlɪˈɒlədʒɪst/
Example sentences
  • When speleologists found one such cave in 1977, they named it after Australia's Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser.
  • The Velebit region is Croatia's largest mountain range, attracting speleologists, botanists and hikers from around the world.
  • From all corners came archaeologists, anthropologists, speleologists: none of them believed him.


Late 19th century: from French spéléologie, via Latin from Greek spēlaion 'cave'.

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