malacology

noun
mal·​a·​col·​o·​gy | \ ˌma-lə-ˈkä-lə-jē How to pronounce malacology (audio) \

Definition of malacology

: a branch of zoology dealing with mollusks

Other Words from malacology

malacological \ ˌma-​lə-​kə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce malacological (audio) \ adjective
malacologist \ ˌma-​lə-​ˈkä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce malacologist (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of malacology

1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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“Malacology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/malacology. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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