Definition of pteridology in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌterəˈdäləjē/


The study of ferns and related plants.
Example sentences
  • His fields of interest include systematic botany, speciation, and pteridology.
  • New Zealand pteridology is now at the point where purely taxonomic investigations are likely to give way gradually to the study of more complex biosystematic problems.



Pronunciation: /-dlˈäjikəl/
Example sentences
  • The pteridological flora in the Canary Islands is well known with regard to some islands, while specific studies about El Hierro are insufficient and rather vague regarding informations of discovery stations.
  • Welcome to the second issue of Affinis Watch, the Newsletter of the British Pteridological Society project to map the distribution of the Dryopteris affinis complex in the British Isles.


Pronunciation: /-jist/
Example sentences
  • The British pteridologists have had lively discussions as to how many races of the bracken exist in western Europe and adjacent areas.
  • The pteridologists concluded it was not a reduced fern, nor a lycopod or other vascular cryptogam.


Mid 19th century: from Greek pteris, pterid- 'fern' + -logy.

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Syllabification: pter·i·dol·o·gy

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