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  1. Archaic. a science dealing with the constituent parts of the earth, its envelope of air and water, its crust, and the condition of its interior.
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Origin of geognosy

1785–95; < French géognosie, equivalent to géo- geo- + -gnosie < Greek gnôsis knowledge
Related formsge·og·nos·tic [jee-og-nos-tik] /ˌdʒi ɒgˈnɒs tɪk/, ge·og·nos·ti·cal, adjectivege·og·nos·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of geognosy

  • These sciences really form one—geognosy, or the science of the formation of the earth.

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    Elbert Hubbard

British Dictionary definitions for geognosy


  1. the study of the origin and distribution of minerals and rocks in the earth's crust: superseded generally by the term geology
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Derived Formsgeognostic (ˌdʒiːɒɡˈnɒstɪk), adjective

Word Origin for geognosy

C18: from French géognosie, from geo- + Greek gnōsis a seeking to know, knowledge
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