lithology

noun

li·​thol·​o·​gy li-ˈthä-lə-jē How to pronounce lithology (audio)
plural lithologies
1
: the study of rocks
2
: the character of a rock formation
also : a rock formation having a particular set of characteristics
lithologic adjective
or lithological
lithologically adverb

Word History

Etymology

litho- + -logy, probably after New Latin lithologia or French lithologie

First Known Use

1716, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lithology was in 1716

Dictionary Entries Near lithology

Cite this Entry

“Lithology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lithology. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

lithology

noun
li·​thol·​o·​gy lith-ˈäl-ə-jē How to pronounce lithology (audio)
: the study of rocks
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