my·​col·​o·​gy | \mī-ˈkä-lə-jē \

Definition of mycology 

1 : a branch of biology dealing with fungi

2 : fungal life

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Other Words from mycology

mycological \ˌmī-​kə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl \ adjective
mycologically \ˌmī-​kə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb
mycologist \mī-​ˈkä-​lə-​jist \ noun

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Pierre-Marie-Alexis Millardet, born on this day in 1838, devoted a large chunk of his life to mycology–the study of fungus. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "How One Mycologist Saved France’s Wine (Among Other Things)," 13 Dec. 2017 Pieces from Joynoëlle’s 2017 collection, Fungi: Beauty from Decay, explores the world of mycology and nature’s ability to create new life from decomposition. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Spring fashion: Are you ready, Minnesota??," 12 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of mycology

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mycology

borrowed from New Latin mycologia, from myco- myco- + -logia -logy

Note: New Latin mycologia was popularized, if not introduced, in the title of a description of European fungi by the South African-born mycologist Christiaan Hendrik Persoon (Mycologia Europaea, Erlangen, 1822-28).

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my·​col·​o·​gy | \mī-ˈkäl-ə-jē \
plural mycologies

Medical Definition of mycology 

1 : a branch of biology dealing with fungi

2 : fungal life

Other Words from mycology

mycological \ˌmī-​kə-​ˈläj-​i-​kəl \ adjective
mycologist \mī-​ˈkäl-​ə-​jəst \ noun

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