[ mal-uh-kol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌmæl əˈkɒl ə dʒi /


the science dealing with the study of mollusks.

Origin of malacology

1830–40; < French malacologie, syncopated variant of malacozoologie. See malaco-, zoology

Related forms

mal·a·co·log·i·cal [mal-uh-kuh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌmæl ə kəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectivemal·a·col·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for malacology


/ (ˌmæləˈkɒlədʒɪ) /


the branch of zoology concerned with the study of molluscs

Derived Forms

malacological (ˌmæləkəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivemalacologist, noun
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Science definitions for malacology


[ măl′ə-kŏlə-jē ]

The scientific study of mollusks.
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