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acanthology

[ak-uh n-thol-uh-jee]
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noun Biology.
  1. the study of spines, as in sea urchins or certain spiny-headed worms, particularly as they relate to taxonomic classification.
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Origin of acanthology

Related formsa·can·tho·log·i·cal [uh-kan-thuh-loj-i-kuh l] /əˌkæn θəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectiveac·an·thol·o·gist, noun
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