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an·thro·pol·o·gy

anthropology

 
 
pronunciation:
aen thr pa l ji
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part of speech: noun
definition: the scientific study of humankind. People who study anthropology learn about the origins and development of human beings and their societies and customs.
The study of the relationships among people within a tribe is an interesting area of anthropology.
derivations: anthropologic (adj.), anthropological (adj.), anthropologically (adv.)
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The word anthropology contains the following parts:
anthr, anthro, anthrop, anthropo Greek root that means human being
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-logy, -ology Greek noun-forming suffix that means study of, science of; written work; structure or principle
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The suffix -logy , -ology forms nouns from bases that are predominantly Greek roots. It is a terminal form of the root log, logo, -logue which in the vast majority cases signifies the study or science of the subject indicated by the base. In some words, however, -ology carries the meaning "written work" (trilogy) or "structure" (homology). See log, logo, -logue. Most nouns ending in -logy , -ology have an adjective form ending in "-ical." (dermatology, dermatological).
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-ics