Origin of Malacology
French malacologie, contraction of malacozoologie, from taxonomic name Malacozoa + French -ologie (“-ology"), Malacozoa being in turn from Ancient Greek μαλακός (malakos, “soft") + ζῷον (zōon, “animal").
French malacologie Greek malakos soft mel-1 in Indo-European roots -logie -logy (from Old French –logy)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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