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acanthology

[ak-uh n-thol-uh-jee] /ˌæk ənˈθɒl ə dʒi/
noun, Biology
1.
the study of spines, as in sea urchins or certain spiny-headed worms, particularly as they relate to taxonomic classification.
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acanthological
[uh-kan-thuh-loj-i-kuh l] /əˌkæn θəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
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acanthologist, noun
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Contemporary definitions for acanthologist
noun

the scientific study of spines

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Greek 'thorn'

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