palaetiology

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

palaetiology \palaetiology\, Palaetiology \Pa*l[ae]'ti*ol"o*gy\, n. [Pal[ae]o- + [ae]tiology.] The science which explains, by the law of causation, the past condition and changes of the earth; the explanation of past events in terms of scientific causes, such as geological causes. -- {Pa*l[ae]'ti*o*log"ic*al}, adjective

Syn: paletiology. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

palaetiology

noun

1: the explanation of past events in terms of scientific causes (as geological causes) [syn: {paletiology}, {palaetiology}]


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