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malacology

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noun mal·a·col·o·gy \ˌma-lə-ˈkä-lə-jē\

Definition of malacology

  1. :  a branch of zoology dealing with mollusks

mal·a·co·log·i·cal play \ˌma-lə-kə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective
mal·a·col·o·gist play \ˌma-lə-ˈkä-lə-jist\ noun


Origin of malacology

French malacologie, contraction of malacozoologie, from New Latin Malacozoa, zoological group including soft-bodied animals (from Greek malakos soft + New Latin -zoa) + French -logie -logy


First Known Use: 1836


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