petrology

noun
pe·​trol·​o·​gy | \pə-ˈträ-lə-jē, pe-\

Definition of petrology 

: a science that deals with the origin, history, occurrence, structure, chemical composition, and classification of rocks

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Other Words from petrology

petrologic \ˌpe-​trə-​ˈlä-​jik \ or petrological \ˌpe-​trə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl \ adjective
petrologically \ˌpe-​trə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb
petrologist \pə-​ˈträ-​lə-​jist, pe-​ \ noun

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Finally, in early August I’ll be headed to a SERC workshop on teaching mineralogy, petrology and geochemistry in Minneapolis – Erik Klemetti, WIRED, "Summer Schedule 2011," 7 June 2011

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First Known Use of petrology

1811, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of petrology was in 1811

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