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paleontology

[ pey-lee-uh n-tol-uh-jee or, esp. British, pal-ee- ]
/ ˌpeɪ li ənˈtɒl ə dʒi or, esp. British, ˌpæl i- /
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noun, plural pa·le·on·tol·o·gies for 2.

the science of the forms of life existing in former geologic periods, as represented by their fossils.
a treatise on paleontology.

RELATED WORDS

excavator, classicist

Nearby words

paleology, paleomagnetism, paleon., paleontol., paleontologist, paleontology, paleopathology, paleopedology, paleosiberian, paleosol, paleostriatum

Origin of paleontology

From the French word paléontologie, dating back to 1830–40. See pale(o)-, ontology
Related formspa·le·on·to·log·ic [pey-lee-on-tl-oj-ik or, esp. British, pal-ee-] /ˌpeɪ liˌɒn tlˈɒdʒ ɪk or, esp. British, ˌpæl i-/, pa·le·on·to·log·i·cal, adjectivepa·le·on·to·log·i·cal·ly, adverbpa·le·on·tol·o·gist, noun
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Science definitions for paleontologist

paleontology

[ pā′lē-ŏn-tŏlə-jē ]

The scientific study of life in the geologic past, especially through the study of animal and plant fossils.
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Culture definitions for paleontologist

paleontology

[ (pay-lee-uhn-tol-uh-jee) ]

The study of ancient life forms, particularly as they are seen in fossils.

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