- 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.
Origin of geognosy
1785–95; < French géognosie, equivalent to géo- geo- + -gnosie < Greek gnôsis knowledge
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- the study of the origin and distribution of minerals and rocks in the earth's crust: superseded generally by the term geology
C18: from French géognosie, from geo- + Greek gnōsis a seeking to know, knowledge