Oligotrophic meaning

ŏlĭ-gō-trōfĭk, -trŏfĭk, ōlĭ-
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.

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Lacking in plant nutrients and having a large amount of dissolved oxygen throughout. Used of a pond or lake.
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Designating or of a lake, pond, etc. poor in plant nutrient minerals and organisms and usually rich in oxygen at all depths.
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Lacking in plant nutrients and having a large amount of dissolved oxygen throughout. Used of a pond or lake.
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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.
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(physiology, of a diet) Being deficient in nutrition.
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(geography, of a body of water) Being deficient in plant nutrients, such as nitrogen or phosphorus.
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Origin of oligotrophic

  • oligo- +"Ž -trophic

    From Wiktionary