Definition of conchology in English:

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conchology

Pronunciation: /käNGˈkäləjē/

noun

The scientific study or collection of mollusk shells. Compare with malacology.
Example sentences
  • A recent post at A Snails's Eye View was about the conchology book Edgar Allan Poe wrote, or rather plagiarized.
  • The beginnings of shell collecting and its scientific study, conchology, are not very far removed from that beach-combing experience: a beautiful object washed up on a beach was taken and admired.
  • Author of dozens of books on conchology, Senior Advisor, Founding Director, and finally Museum Director of the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, Abbott brought the world of conchology to the public.

Derivatives

conchological

Pronunciation: /ˌkäNGkəˈläjikəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Further anatomical and conchological investigations of bivalves continued to prove useful for finding more characters.
  • Anatomical data for V. sinense are lacking, but its conchological scores are identical to V multispinosum and V. asiaticum.
  • Moreover, the species descriptions were restricted to conchological characters only, removing any inherent inequality between the roles of extant and extinct species in the analyses.

conchologist

Pronunciation: /käNGˈkäləjəst/
noun
Example sentences
  • The conchologist was probably John Warren, described by Dall as a stout, florid, old Englishman who dealt in shells and curios.
  • As a conchologist, he described the shells collected on the United States Exploring Expedition by Joseph P. Couthouy, a fellow member with Gould of the BSNH, and other members of the Expedition's scientific staff.
  • His wife, Carrie, was the daughter of John Ford, a well-known conchologist connected with the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences.

Origin

Late 18th century: from Greek konkhē 'shell' + -logy.

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