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gar·bol·o·gy

 (gär-bŏl′ə-jē)
n.
The study of a society or culture by examining or analyzing its refuse.


gar·bol′o·gist n.
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garbology

(ɡɑːˈbɒlədʒɪ)
n
(Sociology) the study of the contents of domestic dustbins to analyse the consumption patterns of households
[C20: from garb(age) + ology]
garˈbologist n
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Noun1.garbology - the study of a society by analyzing its garbage
cultural anthropology, social anthropology - the branch of anthropology that deals with human culture and society
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