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cereology

Syllabification: ce·re·ol·o·gy
Pronunciation: /ˌsirēˈäləjē
 
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Definition of cereology in English:

noun

The study or investigation of crop circles.
Example sentences
  • The phenomenon has spawned its own science: cereology.
  • The eccentric Rockefeller - Laurence, that is - has financed further investigations, and now Mel Gibson has done his bit to revitalize cereology, suggesting aliens as the source of the phenomenon.
  • During the dark days from late 1992 to early 1994, when hoaxers and skeptics seemed almost-successful in proving that cereology was but a wild-goose chase for fools, Roland kept the Symposium going.

Origin

late 20th century: from Ceres + -logy.

Derivatives

cereologist

1
noun
Example sentences
  • By the end of the 1980s books on the crop circle phenomenon had begun to spring up as well, and soon circles-mystery enthusiasts were being dubbed cereologists (after Ceres, the Roman goddess of vegetation).
  • They call themselves cereologists, the motley collection of pseudo-scientists, paranormalists and unfulfilled naïfs who have suddenly been thrust into the spotlight by the new movie ‘Signs.’
  • While the relationship between crop artists and cereologists is uneasy, the relationship between artists and farmers is mutually beneficial.

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