Oryctognosy

Or`yc`tog´no`sy


n.1.Mineralogy.
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The descriptions of the species were the most accurate and complete that had been delivered, and contributed more to the advancement of oryctognosy than the writings of all preceding mineralogists.
1 Oryctognosy: An 18th-century synonym for mineralogy, sometimes used in a more restricted sense to mean the science of mineral characterization and identification.