malacology


mal·a·col·o·gy

noun \ˌma-lə-ˈkä-lə-jē\

Definition of MALACOLOGY

:  a branch of zoology dealing with mollusks
mal·a·co·log·i·cal \ˌma-lə-kə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective
mal·a·col·o·gist \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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