craniology

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n craniology the scientific study of the skulls of various human races
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Craniology The department of science (as of ethnology or archæology) which deals with the shape, size, proportions, indications, etc., of skulls; the study of skulls.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n craniology That branch of anatomy which deals with the study of crania or skulls; the sum of human knowledge concerning skulls.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Craniology the study of skulls: phrenology
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cranium, + -logy,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. cranium—Gr. kranion, from karē, the head.

Usage

In literature:

But the march of craniology or phrenology, by whatever name it is called, is directly the reverse of this.
"Thoughts on Man" by William Godwin
Now are craniology and you upon your trial.
"Put Yourself in His Place" by Charles Reade
Mesty lectures upon craniology.
"Mr. Midshipman Easy" by Frederick Marryat
His forehead is quite Byronic in its craniological developments.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
This introduced, I cannot tell how, some remarks on the head, which led to a disquisition on craniology.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction." by Various
Craniology, Farce of, 224.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction." by Various
Anthropologists no longer rely solely on craniology, and the measurement of the skull, to distinguish race.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
But Craniology or skull-study cannot perfect, nor can it positively demonstrate, the science.
"Buchanan's Journal of Man, January 1888" by Various
A hard-working scientist, he paid special attention to craniology.
"A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations" by Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
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