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palynology

[pal-uh-nol-uh-jee] /ˌpæl əˈnɒl ə dʒi/
noun
1.
the study of live and fossil spores, pollen grains, and similar plant structures.
Origin of palynology
1940-1945
1940-45; < Greek palýn(ein) to sprinkle, scatter (akin to pálē dust, Latin pollen; see pollen) + -o- + -logy
Related forms
palynological
[pal-uh-nl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌpæl ə nlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
palynologically, adverb
palynologist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for palynology

palynology

/ˌpælɪˈnɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the study of living and fossil pollen grains and plant spores
Derived Forms
palynological (ˌpælɪnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
palynologist, noun
Word Origin
C20: from Greek palunein to scatter + -logy
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palynology in Science
palynology
  (pāl'ə-nŏl'ə-jē)   
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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