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

  • n. The science that analyzes and compares human cultures, as in social structure, language, religion, and technology; cultural anthropology.
  • n. The branch of anthropology that deals with the origin, distribution, and characteristics of human racial groups.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The branch of anthropology that studies and compares the different human cultures.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The science which treats of the division of mankind into races, their origin, distribution, and relations, and the peculiarities which characterize them.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The science of the races of men and of their character, history, customs, and institutions. See the extract.

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

  • n. the branch of anthropology that deals with the division of humankind into races and with their origins and distribution and distinctive characteristics

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek ἔθνος (ethnos, "a people, nation") + -λογία (-logía, "-logy, branch of study, to speak") (Wiktionary)

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