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1. The scientific study of caves.
2. Exploration of caves.

[French spéléologie : Latin spēlaeum, spēlēum, cave (from Greek spēlaion) + -logie, -logy.]

spe′le·o·log′i·cal (-ə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
spe′le·ol′o·gist n.


(ˌspiːlɪˈɒlədʒɪ) or


1. (Physical Geography) the scientific study of caves, esp in respect of their geological formation, flora and fauna, etc
2. (Individual Sports, other than specified) the sport or pastime of exploring caves
[C19: from Latin spēlaeum cave]
speleological, spelaeological adj
ˌspeleˈologist, ˌspelaeˈologist n


or spe•lae•ol•o•gy

(ˌspi liˈɒl ə dʒi)

the exploration and study of caves.
[1890–95; < Latin spēlae(um) + -o- + -logy]
spe`le•o•log′i•cal (-əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl) adj.
spe`le•ol′o•gist, n.


The exploration and scientific study of caves.

speleology, spelaeology

the branch of geology that explores, studies, and describes caves. — speleologist, spelaeologist, n.speleological, spelaeological, adj.
See also: Caves


The study or exploration of caves.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.speleology - the scientific study of caves
geology - a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks
2.speleology - the pastime of exploring caves


[ˌspiːlɪˈɒlədʒɪ] Nespeleología f


nHöhlenkunde f, → Speläologie f (spec)
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This stopped many speleologists -- studiers of caves -- until Sami Karkabi, a founding member of the Speleo Club, scaled the wall, which eventually took his name: "Falaise Karkabi.
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Exploring a cave at Suva Gora, speleologists found human remains, a fragment of an activated projectile for a hand rocket launcher, a hunting rifle and several pieces of clothes and reported them to the police.
I fully intended to take a picture the next day and a) tell the council how lethal their roads were; and b) invite the nation's speleologists to come and explore the new subterranean network opening up under Hunts Cross.
Thanks to the trailblazing work of speleologists and other scientists belonging to La Venta Geographical Association (La Venta Esplorazioni Geografeche, website: http://www.
Scientists who study caves are called speleologists.
PEKyN (CyHAN)- A team of Chinese and French speleologists have determined that China's longest cave is around 186 kilometers long, 25 kilometers longer than a measurement from 2014.
According to speleologists, Pesna has the largest entry in the Balkans.
Enter "lint camp," sleepaway camp for speleologists, spelunkers, cavers, and good-natured hangers-on.
Several caves offer opportunities for ordinary tourists (not only speleologists and pot holers) to experience the fascinating underworld of stalactites and stalagmites.