\lˈə͡ʊd͡ʒə], \lˈəʊdʒə], \l_ˈəʊ_dʒ_ə]\
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1. A Greek suffix, expressing in a general way the study of the subject noted in the body of the word, or a treatise on the same; the English equivalent is -logy, or, with the connecting vowel, -ology. A number of words thus formed have been transformed bodily from the Greek, as osteologia, osteology; others have been formed on this model, as urology, laryngology, etc. 2. A suffix with the signification of collecting, picking, as in carphologia, picking off imaginary bits of straw or lint.
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