Romanian for Cavers

peşterá (f), caverna fcave, cavern
speolog (m)caver; speleologist
troglodit (m); locuitor (m) de cavernácave dweller; troglodyte
speologie (f)caving, speleology
ponorul (n)ponor; sinkhole (US); swallet (GB); water swallow
depresiune (f); prábuşire (f) (doliná (f) de prábuşire)depression; sinkhole
exsurgenţá (f); izbuc (n); izvor (n) carsticexsurgence; karstic spring (source unknown); resurgence (source known)
apá (f) subteranáground water
stalagmitá (f)stalagmite
stalactitá (f)stalactite
liliac (m)bat

The Romanian version of the word speleology is one "le" shorter than usual. The reason is simple and somewhat funny. The founder of Romanian speology, Emil Racovita, introduced the new terms for this science into the Romanian language. As he primarily was interested in the biology of caves, the name biospeleology was his most used word and much too long, he thought. So he decided to call it biospeology, which definitely sounds better. Since then it is speology in Romanian!


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