mal·​a·​col·​o·​gy ˌma-lə-ˈkä-lə-jē How to pronounce malacology (audio)
: a branch of zoology dealing with mollusks
malacological adjective
malacologist noun

Word History


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, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of malacology was in 1836

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Cite this Entry

“Malacology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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