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The collection and study of mollusk shells.

con′cho·log′i·cal (-kə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
con·chol′o·gist n.


(Zoology) the study and collection of mollusc shells
conchological adj
conˈchologist n


(kɒŋˈkɒl ə dʒi)

the branch of zoology dealing with the shells of mollusks.
con•chol′o•gist, n.


1. the collecting of shells.
2. the branch of zoology that studies shells. — conchologist, n.
See also: Collections and Collecting
the branch of zoology that studies the shells of mollusks. Also called malacology. — conchologist, n.conchological, adj.
See also: Zoology


The collection and study of seashells and mollusk shells.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.conchology - the collection and study of mollusc shellsconchology - the collection and study of mollusc shells
assembling, collecting, aggregation, collection - the act of gathering something together
malacology - the branch of zoology that studies the structure and behavior of mollusks
References in classic literature ?
You will find in the most out- of-the way villages human mollusks, creatures apparently dead, who have passions for lepidoptera or for conchology, let us say,--beings who will give themselves infinite pains about moths, butterflies, or the concha Veneris.
Why, you might take to some light study: conchology, now: it always think that must be a light study.
His enthusiasm for conchology the study of shells, inspired designs for a dessert service introduced by Wedgwood around 1790, including the bowl on which this one is based.
Thus began a love affair with the world of conchology.
Delaney [begins her life's work] at 72, she wondered whether she was up to the detective work required that "would combine the skill sets of mind-reader, forensic art historian, psychologist, biologist, all with expertise in landscape in papermaking, in 18th-century collecting, in botany, in conchology.
Ian Wallace, NML's curator of conchology and aquatic biology, has been researching the Liver Bird for 20 years.
Agnes Catlow (c1807-1889) was a remarkable woman although, sadly, precious little is known about her, other than the fact that she was hugely knowledgeable in the natural sciences, writing on everything from botany to conchology.
Journal of Conchology 14: 239-256 (1914), 267-276 (1915).
The elements of fossil conchology, according to the arrangement of Lamarck; with the newly established genera of other authors.
Her interests included conchology and she donated her large collection of Mollusca and its accompanying library to Portland State University.
This book is liberally peppered with scholarly vignettes by specialist contributors in a wide range of topics from conchology, steam engine construction, Aboriginal art, horology and of course a section on Phar Lap, possibly the most famous and most visited museum exhibit in Australia.