lithology

noun
li·​thol·​o·​gy | \ li-ˈthä-lə-jē How to pronounce lithology (audio) \
plural lithologies

Definition of lithology

1 : the study of rocks
2 : the character of a rock formation also : a rock formation having a particular set of characteristics

Other Words from lithology

lithologic \ ˌli-​thə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce lithologic (audio) \ or lithological \ ˌli-​thə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce lithological (audio) \ adjective
lithologically \ ˌli-​thə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce lithologically (audio) \ adverb

First Known Use of lithology

1716, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lithology

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

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“Lithology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lithology. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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