sphragistics

[ sfruh-jis-tiks ]
/ sfrəˈdʒɪs tɪks /

noun (used with a singular verb)

the scientific study of seals or signet rings.

Origin of sphragistics

First recorded in 1830–40; see origin at sphragistic, -ics
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British Dictionary definitions for sphragistics

sphragistics

/ (sfrəˈdʒɪstɪks) /

noun

(functioning as singular) the study of seals and signet rings

Derived Forms

sphragistic, adjective

Word Origin for sphragistics

C19: from Greek sphragistikos, from sphragizein to seal, from sphragis a seal
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