[ pal-uh-nol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌpæl əˈnɒl ə dʒi /
the study of live and fossil spores, pollen grains, and similar plant structures.
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Origin of palynology
OTHER WORDS FROM palynologypal·y·no·log·i·cal [pal-uh-nl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌpæl ə nlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectivepal·y·no·log·i·cal·ly, adverbpal·y·nol·o·gist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for palynology
/ (ˌpælɪˈnɒlədʒɪ) /
the study of living and fossil pollen grains and plant spores
Derived forms of palynologypalynological (ˌpælɪnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivepalynologist, noun
Word Origin for palynology
C20: from Greek palunein to scatter + -logy
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Scientific definitions for palynology
[ păl′ə-nŏl′ə-jē ]
The scientific study of spores and pollen, both living and fossilized. Palynology helps improve knowledge of ecosystems in both the recent and distant past, since pollen and spores are extremely durable, unlike many other plant parts.
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