from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The branch of zoology that deals with mollusks.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the study of molluscs
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The science which relates to the structure and habits of mollusks.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The science of the molluscous or soft-bodied animals; the knowledge of shellfish.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the branch of zoology that studies the structure and behavior of mollusks
French malacologie, contraction of malacozoologie, from New Latin Malacozōa, a classification that includes mollusks : Greek malakos, soft; + New Latin -zōa, pl. of -zōon -zoon.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French malacologie, contraction of malacozoologie, from taxonomic name Malacozoa + French -ologie (equivalent to -ology), Malacozoa being in turn from Ancient Greek μαλακός ("soft") + ζῷον ("animal"). (Wiktionary)