One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Geology. Of a sedimentary rock: consisting of a small number of dominant minerals or rock types; (of a breccia) composed of fragments of a single kind of rock.
2Limnology. Of a tropical lake: that exhibits a stable thermal stratification and only rarely undergoes an overturn.
1930s. From oligo- + ancient Greek μικτός mixed + -ic. In sense 1 after Russian oligomiktovyj.
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