Origin of malacology

1830–40; < French malacologie, syncopated variant of malacozoologie. See malaco-, zoology
Related formsmal·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. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for malacology


  1. the branch of zoology concerned with the study of molluscs
Derived Formsmalacological (ˌmæləkəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivemalacologist, noun
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malacology in Science


  1. The scientific study of mollusks.
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