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phycology (n.)

"study of seaweeds, the department of botany that treats of algae or seaweed," 1847, from phyco- + -logy. Related: Phycological; phycologist.

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Definitions of phycology

phycology (n.)
the branch of botany that studies algae;
Synonyms: algology
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