Definition of palynology in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpaləˈnäləjē/


The study of pollen grains and other spores, especially as found in archaeological or geological deposits.
Example sentences
  • Palaeobotany includes not only macrofossil plants but also microscopic plant material that may be included in palynology, the study of fossil spores and pollen and other organic-walled microfossils.
  • We interpret these results in light of Gnetalean palynology and the geological record of western Namibia.
  • Metagentiana was separated from Gentiana on the basis of observations related to its gross morphology, floral anatomy, chromosomes, palynology, embryology and molecular data.



Pronunciation: /-nəˈläjikəl/
Example sentences
  • Individual laminae contain unsorted palynological debris with a consistent ratio of marine and terrestrial components.
  • A Pliocene age for the Siesta palaeosol and Nothofagus fossils has been inferred from diatom and palynological biostratigraphy.
  • Recent palynological research has revealed diverse exine ornamentation in Rheum, but the variations in ornamentation are not consistent with the morphological classification.


Pronunciation: /-jist/
Example sentences
  • Diamond answers by way of a true-life detective story, one in which the heroes are anthropologists, paleontologists, and palynologists (who study the structure and dispersal of pollen).
  • A further complication has been the studies by palynologists, scientists who study spores and pollen, who use yet another system for naming the fossil species.
  • Identification was assisted by the independent assessments of a professional palynologist (someone who studies pollen) who did not know that the specimens came from ‘Precambrian’ rock.


1940s: from Greek palunein 'sprinkle' + -logy.

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Syllabification: pal·y·nol·o·gy

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