Definition of phrenological in US English:

phrenological

adjective

historical
  • See phrenology

    • ‘I'm studying women's phrenological characteristics.’
    • ‘These reports summarized the ethnic makeup of the United States, and included phrenological studies of different races.’
    • ‘The phrenological examiner also had to take into account the development of the ‘intellectual’ faculties relative to those that governed the ‘animal’ functions.’
    • ‘Other resources were in short supply as well: in 1887 the journal of the National Museum in Rio reported despondently on the difficulties of obtaining Indian skulls for phrenological research.’
    • ‘True, his working environment is near-Victorian, with polished walnut desk, silver candelabra and a porcelain phrenological head.’

Pronunciation

phrenological

/ˌfrɛnəˈlɑdʒək(ə)l//ˌfrenəˈläjək(ə)l/