Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The branch of zoology that deals with mollusks.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The science of the molluscous or soft-bodied animals; the knowledge of shellfish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The science which relates to the structure and habits of mollusks.

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  • noun zoology the study of molluscs

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

  • noun the branch of zoology that studies the structure and behavior of mollusks

Etymologies

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

[French malacologie : Greek malakos, soft; see mel- in Indo-European roots + -logie, -logy (from Old French; see –logy).]

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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").

Examples

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

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

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

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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).

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

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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?

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

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  • 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

  • see monomyarian

    November 8, 2007