malacology

noun
mal·​a·​col·​o·​gy | \ˌma-lə-ˈkä-lə-jē \

Definition of malacology 

: a branch of zoology dealing with mollusks

Other Words from malacology

malacological \ˌma-​lə-​kə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl \ adjective
malacologist \ˌma-​lə-​ˈkä-​lə-​jist \ 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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