Definitions

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

  • n. The branch of zoology that deals with mollusks.

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  • 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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

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    No job openings in malacology today

  • Is it because jobs in malacology are hard to come by?

    Where are all the malacologists?

  • By the time he died in 1834 he was considered the founder of the study of mollusks in North America (the term "malacology" didn't replace "conchology" until much later, when scientists started to pay at least as much attention to the insides of mollusks as to the more durable shells).

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  • Earlier today, while looking up some papers in The Nautilus from 1971, I chanced upon a short article by the late malacologist Dee Dundee titled United States research trends in malacology (85: 67-69; pdf of vol 85).

    Where are all the malacologists?

  • We are continuing our research in this field of cutting edge malacology.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • But now I think about, even the thriving malacology departments I've known tend to be inhabited by the decidedly elderly.

    Where are all the malacologists?

  • Those were the formative years of malacology when even the broadest classifications of most of the mollusc species were debatable.

    Reverend Lowe's snails

  • I know you were joking, but this is exciting malacology.

    Scientific breakthrough of the century: crawling speed of slugs determined!

  • Walker, a junior at the University of Michigan at that time, survived the "earthquake" and had a long career in law and a successful avocation in malacology with 155 publications, while his coauthor Beecher went on to become professor of geology at Yale University until his untimely death in 1904.

    A budding 19th century malacologist and the short-lived association that published his first paper

  • This provided the impetus to read about an ongoing controversy in American malacology centered upon this species: is L. littorea native to the northeast coasts of North America or was it introduced by humans from Europe?

    Archive 2008-06-01

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  • see monomyarian

    November 8, 2007

  • If you make an allusion to monomyarian malacology, it will not naturally be supposed to have reference to the cooking of oyster sauce.
    --John Hill Burton, 1862, The Book Hunter

    November 8, 2007