Definition of palynology in US English:



  • The study of pollen grains and other spores, especially as found in archaeological or geological deposits.

    • ‘However palynology and vertebrate fossils have yielded reliable ages for a few basins.’
    • ‘The integration of palynology with stratigraphical analysis represents a significant advance, by facilitating a detailed chronostratigraphic chart of the Iberian Pyrite Belt.’
    • ‘Barron and Elorza studied the palynology of the amber deposits and proposed a Middle Aptian-Upper Albian age for the amber.’
    • ‘They can join or even organize teams of researchers including specialists in, say, geoarcheology, palynology, and dendrochronology.’
    • ‘Hultberg, using the thinner Højerup succession, has described the palynology of the Fish Clay.’
    • ‘Palaeobotany includes not only macrofossil plants but also microscopic plant material that may be included in palynology, the study of fossil spores and pollen and other organic-walled microfossils.’
    • ‘But if, say, the chapter on palynology doesn't quite equip historians to go out and study fossil pollen themselves, it will at least enable them to talk intelligently with specialists who can.’
    • ‘Metagentiana was separated from Gentiana on the basis of observations related to its gross morphology, floral anatomy, chromosomes, palynology, embryology and molecular data.’
    • ‘Description and systematic treatment of the ammonites was done by Hall; the material was collected by MacRae and Hills, who studied the palynology.’
    • ‘We interpret these results in light of Gnetalean palynology and the geological record of western Namibia.’


1940s: from Greek palunein ‘sprinkle’ + -logy.