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10 uncommon -ologies

Biology, Geology, Sociology, Criminology... all studies that we have, generally, a good idea about. This is, however, not always the case... as these not so common -ologies show.


The study of honeybees. From the Latin apis meaning 'bee'. The scientific study of bees in general is Melittology

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The study of the planet Mars. In Roman mythology, Mars was the god of war. The word comes from the equivalent Greek god, Aries

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The study of dogs. It's a compound word derived from the Greek kynos meaning 'dog' and the suffix -ology for 'study'

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The study of woody plants e.g. shrubs and trees. From the Greek for 'tree'. Alternatively, there is xylology, derived from the Greek for 'wood'

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The study of flies. Flies belong to the taxonomic order Diptera, derived from the Greek di meaning ‘two’ and pteron meaning ‘wing’. These insects have a single pair of wings

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The study of animal behaviour. The word is derived from the Greek ethos meaning 'character'. Darwin was the first ethologist.



The study of waves/wave motions. From Greek kyma (kymatos) meaning 'a wave' 

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The study of clouds and their formation. Nephos is Greek for 'cloud'

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The scientific study of fruits and their cultivation. This word comes from the Latin for fruit - pomum

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The study of the mouth, its disorders and diseases. It is more commonly called oral medicine (A stomatologist sounds far better than oral medicine doctor though).

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