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Feb 20, 2015
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Words made with combining forms

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frankenfood
preternatural
logomaniac
parthenogenesis
bryology

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bryology

PRONUNCIATION:
(bry-OL-uh-jee)

MEANING:
noun: The branch of botany that deals with mosses, liverworts, and hornworts.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek bryo- (moss) + -logy (study). Earliest documented use: 1863.

USAGE:
“The book’s protagonist ... spends most of her life practicing bryology on her father’s estate.”
Maggie Caldwell; Gather No Moss; Mother Jones (San Francisco); Sep/Oct 2013.

See more usage examples of bryology in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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