Origin of oligotrophicoligo- + trophic
- 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.
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.
designating or of a lake, pond, etc. poor in plant nutrient minerals and organisms and usually rich in oxygen at all depths
Lacking in plant nutrients and having a large amount of dissolved oxygen throughout. Used of a pond or lake.
Lacking in plant nutrients such as phosphates, nitrates, and organic matter, and consequently having few plants and a large amount of dissolved oxygen throughout. Used of a lake, pond, or stream.