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agrostology

[ag-ruh-stol-uh-jee] /ˌæg rəˈstɒl ə dʒi/
noun
1.
the branch of botany dealing with grasses.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; < Greek ágrōst(is) name of certain grasses + -o- + -logy
Related forms
agrostologic
[uh-gros-tl-oj-ik] /əˌgrɒs tlˈɒdʒ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
agrostological, adjective
agrostologist, noun
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agrostology

/ˌæɡrəˈstɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the branch of botany concerned with the study of grasses
Word Origin
C19: from Greek agrōstis a type of grass + -logy
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Encyclopedia Article for agrostology

the branch of botany concerned with the study of grasses, especially their classification. In 1708 the German botanist Johann Scheuchzer wrote Agrostographiae Helveticae Prodromus, a taxonomic paper on grasses that some authors consider to mark the birth of agrostology. Many systems of classification followed this brief beginning. The earliest were based purely on external morphology of the plant, but later systems take into consideration the results of cellular, embryological, physiological, and histological studies

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