- The definition of oligotrophic is a plant or animal that can live where there aren’t many available nutrients, or a body of water with low nutrient levels.
- An example of an oligotrophic plant is a lichen.
- An example of an oligotrophic environment is a lake with many fish and ample oxygen; but, with a low production of algae.
oligotrophic definition by Webster's New World
designating or of a lake, pond, etc. poor in plant nutrient minerals and organisms and usually rich in oxygen at all depths
Origin: oligo- plush trophic
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- oligotrophy noun
oligotrophic definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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Lacking in plant nutrients and having a large amount of dissolved oxygen throughout. Used of a pond or lake.
- olˌi·gotˈro·phy noun
oligotrophic - Science Definition