malacology

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n malacology the branch of zoology that studies the structure and behavior of mollusks
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Malacology The science which relates to the structure and habits of mollusks.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n malacology The science of the molluscous or soft-bodied animals; the knowledge of shellfish. It is synonymous with conchology, but implies that attention is paid to the soft parts, or anatomical structure of the animals, rather than to their shells.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Malacology mal-a-kol′o-ji the branch of natural history which treats of the structure and habits of molluscs
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. malako`s soft + -logy,: cf. F. malacologie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. malakos, soft, logia, a discourse.

Usage

In literature:

These have been described and figured by the writer in the 'Journal of Malacology,' vol.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
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