One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The study or exploration of caves.
- ‘His field of expertise is speleology (the study of caves) and karstology (the study of karst lands).’
- ‘Her interests include archaeology, botany and speleology.’
- ‘He studied speleology and wrote a book on the work and life of Karel Absolon, discoverer of the Punkva caves near Brno.’
- ‘Southeastern Cave Conservancy Inc. was formed to acquire and manage caves for scientific study, education of those persons interested in speleology, and conservation of these resources.’
Late 19th century: from French spéléologie, via Latin from Greek spēlaion ‘cave’.
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