petrology

[ pi-trol-uh-jee ]
/ pɪˈtrɒl ə dʒi /
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noun

the scientific study of rocks, including petrography and petrogenesis.

Nearby words

  1. petrolhead,
  2. petrolic,
  3. petroliferous,
  4. petrolina,
  5. petrologic,
  6. petromastoid,
  7. petronel,
  8. petronilla,
  9. petronius,
  10. petropavlovsk

Origin of petrology

First recorded in 1805–15; petro-1 + -logy

Related formspet·ro·log·ic [pe-truh-loj-ik] /ˌpɛ trəˈlɒdʒ ɪk/, pet·ro·log·i·cal, adjectivepet·ro·log·i·cal·ly, adverbpe·trol·o·gist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for petrology

petrology

/ (pɛˈtrɒlədʒɪ) /

noun plural -gies

the study of the composition, origin, structure, and formation of rocksAbbreviation: petrol
Derived Formspetrological (ˌpɛtrəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivepetrologically, adverbpetrologist, noun

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Word Origin and History for petrology

petrology

n.

1811 (erroneously as petralogy), from petro- (1) "rock" + -ology.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for petrology

petrology

[ pə-trŏlə-jē ]

The scientific study of the origin, composition, and structure of rocks.
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