[ sed-uh-muh n-tol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌsɛd ə mənˈtɒl ə dʒi /

noun Geology.

the study of sedimentary rocks.


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Origin of sedimentology

1935–40; sediment + -o- + -logy

OTHER WORDS FROM sedimentology

sed·i·men·to·log·ic [sed-uh-men-tl-oj-ik] /ˌsɛd əˌmɛn tlˈɒdʒ ɪk/, sed·i·men·to·log·i·cal, adjectivesed·i·men·tol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for sedimentology

/ (ˌsɛdɪmɛnˈtɒlədʒɪ) /


the branch of geology concerned with sedimentary rocks and deposits

Derived forms of sedimentology

sedimentologist, noun
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Scientific definitions for sedimentology

[ sĕd′ə-mən-tŏlə-jē ]

The science that deals with the description, classification, and origin of sedimentary rock.
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