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  1. the branch of zoology dealing with the shells of mollusks.
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Origin of conchology

1770–80; conch + -o- + -logy
Related formscon·cho·log·i·cal [kong-kuh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌkɒŋ kəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectivecon·cho·log·i·cal·ly, adverbcon·chol·o·gist, noun
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Examples from the Web for conchology

Historical Examples of conchology

  • His conchology and meteorology, and all the rest of his ologies?

    Johnny Ludlow, Third Series

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • These shells are curious to those who are learned in conchology.

  • Why can't you call things by their right names, and say 'conchology'?

    Ruth Arnold

    Lucy Byerley

  • It might have been chess, it might have been conchology, it might have been heraldry.

    The Mountebank

    William J. Locke

  • Conchoid′al, pertaining to a conchoid: shell-like, applied to the fracture of a mineral; Concholog′ical, pertaining to conchology.

British Dictionary definitions for conchology


  1. the study and collection of mollusc shells
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Derived Formsconchological (ˌkɒŋkəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveconchologist, noun
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