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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 ?
Why, you might take to some light study: conchology, now: it always think that must be a light study.
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.
Elements of Conchology, Including the Fossil Genera and the Animals: Univales: with Upwards of 500 Figures.
Likewise, Thomas Say (1787-1834) studied shells and insects, leading to the publication (1830-1834) of American Conchology in three volumes.
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.
Curiously, or perhaps not so curiously as Margocsy points out, botany, conchology and entomology produced many more such repertories than did other fields such as zoology.
General conchology or a description of shells arranged according to the Linnean system.
Journal of Conchology 14: 239-256 (1914), 267-276 (1915).
He taught engraving in New Harmony and engraved many illustrations for Thomas Say (1787-1834), an American naturalist who wrote his multivolume Conchology there.
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.