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- n. The scientific study of marine life.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The study or science of the life of marine organisms.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The science of the ocean; oceanography; that branch of physical geography which has to do with the phenomena of the ocean.
Ancient Greek sea + -graphy. (Wiktionary)
Borromeo, ranked with Peter Martyr among the first writers on deep-sea research -- or thalassography, and is considered to be the founder of statistical science.