One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The study of the stars or the heavens; astronomy. Also: a treatise or discourse on this subject; an astronomical system. Now chiefly historical.
2Theology. Doctrine concerning heaven.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Benjamin Martin (bap. 1705, d. 1782), lecturer on science and maker of scientific instruments. From urano- + -logy. Compare post-classical Latin uranologia, ouranologia, Middle French, French uranologie, Portuguese uranologia.
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