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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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A Comparative Integrated Geophysical Study of the Horse Shoe Chimney Cave, Colorado Bend State Park, Texas, International Journal of Speleology, 40(1): 9-16.
Institute of Speleology in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and USF's School of Geosciences gathered their evidence in the world's most-explored ice cave and oldest cave glacier, hidden deep in the heart of Transylvania in central Romania.
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.
The article ends on a funny note, explaining this has nothing to do with the Balkan Speleological Conference, to be held in Sofia in March to celebrate the 85th anniversary of organized speleology in Bulgaria.
The MF Department of Recreation was extremely receptive to partnering with us, and in our first visit they proposed the idea for the May 2010 course--a week-long outdoor skills and practices 'camp' held at the National School of Speleology in Pinar del Rio province.
The study of caves is called speleology and going into caves called spelunking.
If the narrator expresses her thanks to this "butcher-and-recorder," it is because his paleography etches the signs of memory on to an entire landscape, embarking the narrator on a speleology that stands in a chiasmatic relation to his:
However, this development project was spearheaded and directed by the Department of Speleology.
Proceedings of the International Congress of Speleology, 8th Meeting, Bowling Green I&II: 196-199.