One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The study of rivers.
- ‘Not that I was inspired to go off and pursue a career in potamology, but the Leopold-Langbein theory of meanders was an eye-opener all the same.’
- ‘A geochemical potamology has developed over the last decades and we now more fully understand the critical questions that have to be solved.’
Early 19th century: from Greek potamos ‘river’ + -logy.
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