Definitions

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

  • n. The study of the physical and mental development and characteristics of children.
  • n. The scientific study of soils, including their origins, characteristics, and uses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The sub-discipline of soil science that: studies soils as a component of natural systems or deals with soil genesis and soil classification or studies the soil profile or solum in its natural setting.
  • n. The study of the behaviour and development of children.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Pediatrics.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The science of the child, theoretical and applied; child-study in its widest sense. The term was apparently introduced by O. Chrisman in 1896. Also paidology.

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

  • n. the branch of medicine concerned with the treatment of infants and children

Etymologies

pedo-2 + -logy.
pedo-1 + -logy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ancient Greek πέδον (pedon, "soil") + -logy. (Wiktionary)
pedo- + -logy, from Ancient Greek: παῖς (pais, "child") and -λογία (-logía, "branch of study, to speak"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For that matter, the word "pedology" means either the study of child behavior or the study of soil, depending on the context.

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  • His main scientific interests are: forest pedology, influence of plants on pedogenesis, mineral weathering in soil, carbon sequestration in forest soils, effects of forest fires on soil properties.

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  • The tempo of scientific investigation increased rapidly after 1938, with emphasis on specialized fields such as limnology, wildlife management, ecology, pedology and archeology.

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  • Physical Geography itself can be divided into five main sub-fields: climatology, geomorphology, pedology, biogeography, and hydrology.

    Physical geography

  • Irrigation of many soils, including the commonly-occurring silty or sandy loams, is relatively straight forward and does not call for extensive knowledge of pedology on the part of the irrigation engineer.

    Chapter 9

  • Soil science, whether edaphology or pedology, is designed to deal with the nature and properties of soils relevant to plant growth.

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  • At Bowie State University, I am studying pedology because I want to become a child psychologist or counselor.

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  • The term "land classification" was - employed, rather than "soil classification. as other factors aside from the type of soil (pedology) were involved, including the cost of bringing water to the particular lands concerned.

    Chapter 9

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