- 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.
designating or of a lake, pond, etc. poor in plant nutrient minerals and organisms and usually rich in oxygen at all depths
Origin of oligotrophicoligo- + trophic
Lacking in plant nutrients and having a large amount of dissolved oxygen throughout. Used of a pond or lake.
(comparative more oligotrophic, superlative most oligotrophic)
oligo- +â€Ž -trophic