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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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The goods made available to the farmer include real estate (site, car park, cashier building) and furniture (technical speleology equipment) necessary for the exploitation.
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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.
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The specimens from caves were collected by the speleology team of Carste consultants.