phy·​col·​o·​gy fī-ˈkä-lə-jē How to pronounce phycology (audio)
: the study or science of algae

called also algology

phycological adjective
phycologist noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web What ensued was a crash course on phycology — marine algae science — and on searching for and gathering edible seaweed, including kelp, wakame and kombu. Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of phycology was circa 1847

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Cite this Entry

“Phycology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition



phy·​col·​o·​gy -jē How to pronounce phycology (audio)
plural phycologies
: the study or science of algae
phycological adjective

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