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paleethnology

[ pey-lee-eth-nol-uh-jee; especially British pal-ee- ]
/ ˌpeɪ li ɛθˈnɒl ə dʒi; especially British ˌpæl i- /
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noun

(formerly) the branch of ethnology concerned with the earliest or most primitive human societies.

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Origin of paleethnology

First recorded in 1865–70; pale- + ethnology

OTHER WORDS FROM paleethnology

pa·le·eth·no·log·ic [pey-lee-eth-nl-oj-ik; especially British pal-ee-], /ˌpeɪ liˌɛθ nlˈɒdʒ ɪk; especially British ˌpæl i-/, pa·le·eth·no·log·i·cal, adjectivepa·le·eth·nol·o·gist, noun
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