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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.
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(Zoology) the study and collection of mollusc shells
conchological adj
conˈchologist n
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(kɒŋˈkɒl ə dʒi)

the branch of zoology dealing with the shells of mollusks.
con•chol′o•gist, n.
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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
-Ologies & -Isms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


The collection and study of seashells and mollusk shells.
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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
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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.
In this context, this study aimed to i) identify the species associated with Fragaria x ananassa in rural properties in municipalities of Parana State, Brazil; ii) describe and illustrate the diagnostic morphological and conchology features of mollusk species; iii) construct an illustrated key based on these morphological and conchological features; and iv) analyze two species collected in March 2017 to investigate the possible occurrence of parasitic nematodes of medical importance.
He founded the disciplines of conchology (the study of shells) and arachnology, making the first catalogue of English spiders.
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.