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[pal-uh-nol-uh-jee] /ˌpæl əˈnɒl ə dʒi/
the study of live and fossil spores, pollen grains, and similar plant structures.
1940-45; < Greek palýn(ein) to sprinkle, scatter (akin to pálē dust, Latin pollen; see pollen) + -o- + -logy
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[pal-uh-nl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌpæl ə nlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
palynologically, adverb
palynologist, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for palynological


the study of living and fossil pollen grains and plant spores
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palynological (ˌpælɪnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
palynologist, noun
Word Origin
C20: from Greek palunein to scatter + -logy
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palynological in Science
The scientific study of spores and pollen, both living and fossilized. Palynology helps improve knowledge of ecosystems in both the recent and distant past, since pollen and spores are extremely durable, unlike many other plant parts.
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Encyclopedia Article for palynological


scientific discipline concerned with the study of plant pollen and spores and certain microscopic planktonic organisms, in both living and fossil form. The field is associated with the plant sciences as well as with the geologic sciences, notably those aspects dealing with stratigraphy, historical geology, and paleontology. Accordingly, the scope of palynologic research is extremely broad, ranging from the analysis of pollen morphology with electron microscopes to the study of organic microfossils (palynomorphs) extracted from ancient coals.

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