Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See phycology.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The branch of botany dealing with algae.
  • n. The medical treatment of pain as practiced in Greece and Turkey.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The study or science of algæ or seaweeds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A branch of botany treating of algæ; phycology.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the branch of botany that studies algae

Etymologies

alg(a) + -logy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin alga (Wiktionary)
From Ancient Greek άλγος (álgos, "algo-, pain") -λογία (-logía, "-logy, branch of study") (Wiktionary)

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  • A secondary meaning is "study of pain" (algos=pain).

    July 19, 2009