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A.Word.A.Day--agrostology

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agrostology (ag-ruh-STOL-uh-jee) noun

The study of grasses.

[Greek agrostis, a kind of wild grass (from agros, field.) + -logy.]

"In 1936 she succeeded Hitchcock, with whom she had collaborated closely, and became the principal scientist for agrostology. ... Chase was particularly responsible for work in modernising and extending the national collection of the grass herbarium that had been part of the United States National Herbarium, although it was incorporated into the Smithsonian Institution in 1912." Mary Agnes Meara Chase (1869-1963), The Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography, 01-01-1998.

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