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garbology

[ gahr-bol-uh-jee ]
/ gɑrˈbɒl ə dʒi /
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noun
the study of the material discarded by a society to learn what it reveals about social or cultural patterns.
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Origin of garbology

First recorded in 1976; garb(age) + -o- + -logy

OTHER WORDS FROM garbology

gar·bol·o·gist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for garbology

garbology
/ (ɡɑːˈbɒlədʒɪ) /

noun
the study of the contents of domestic dustbins to analyse the consumption patterns of households

Derived forms of garbology

garbologist, noun

Word Origin for garbology

C20: from garb (age) + ology
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