palaetiology

Palaetiology

Pa*l[ae]`ti*ol"o*gy\, n. [Pal[ae]o- + [ae]tiology.] The science which explains, by the law of causation, the past condition and changes of the earth. -- Pa*l[ae]`ti*o*log"ic*al, a.
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palaetiology

noun
the explanation of past events in terms of scientific causes (as geological causes) [syn: paletiology
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