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garbology

[gahr-bol-uh-jee]
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noun
  1. the study of the material discarded by a society to learn what it reveals about social or cultural patterns.

Origin of garbology

First recorded in 1976; garb(age) + -o- + -logy
Related formsgar·bol·o·gist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for garbology

garbology

noun
  1. the study of the contents of domestic dustbins to analyse the consumption patterns of households
Derived Formsgarbologist, noun

Word Origin

C20: from garb (age) + ology
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