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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.
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(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
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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.
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The exploration and scientific study of caves.
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speleology, spelaeology

the branch of geology that explores, studies, and describes caves. — speleologist, spelaeologist, n.speleological, spelaeological, adj.
See also: Caves
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The study or exploration of caves.
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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
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[ˌspiːlɪˈɒlədʒɪ] Nespeleología f
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nHöhlenkunde f, → Speläologie f (spec)
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Liptov for kidsWater parks: Beseova, Liptovsky Jan, TatralandiaCaves: Harmanecka Cave, Demrnovska Caves, Stanisovska CaveTheme parks: Babyland, Bricklandia, Mini Slovakia, Obrovo - Land of Giants, Ovekoland Sheepland, Piesokovo Land of sand, Tatrapolis (amusement park),Other: Dom Naopak - Upside-Down House, Gallery Ilasia, Medvedia sta'la - Bear Mine Tunnel, Butterflies' Garden, Rybare na haku - Fishmonger on a Hook, Slovak Museum of Nature Protection and Speleology, Zoo Contact.In ZOO Contact, near the Tatralandia water park in Liptovsky Mikulas, central Slovakia, families can enter animal cages and meet baby bears, parrots, and lions.
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The project partners are the recently-formed Cypriot non-governmental organisation 'Cave Enthusiasts' (Magara Meraklilari Dernegi), together with the Unit of Environmental Studies of the University of Nicosia, and the Union of International Speleology, based in Slovenia.
A Comparative Integrated Geophysical Study of the Horse Shoe Chimney Cave, Colorado Bend State Park, Texas, International Journal of Speleology, 40(1): 9-16.
An up to date report of cave exploration around the world, Proceedings of 15th International Congress of Speleology 2009 Kerrville, Texas.
A team including 19 rescue specialists, a doctor and nurse, seven underground climbers from the Catalan Speleology Federation and 12 police have been flown to the cave.
The specimens from caves were collected by the speleology team of Carste consultants.