oligotrophic Definition

(of a body of water) deficient in nutrients and having an abundance of dissolved oxygen..

Using oligotrophic: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "oligotrophic" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The lake is oligotrophic, so it has very little plant life.

  • Example

    Oligotrophic waters are often crystal clear and support a limited number of fish species.

  • Example

    Oligotrophic soils are often found in mountainous regions.

oligotrophic Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for oligotrophic

Antonyms for oligotrophic


Summary: oligotrophic in Brief

'Oligotrophic' [ˌɑːlɪɡəʊˈtrɒfɪk] describes a body of water that is low in nutrients and high in dissolved oxygen. This results in clear water with limited plant and fish life. The term can also be used to describe soils in mountainous regions. Synonyms include 'nutrient-poor' and 'unproductive.'