The part of zoology that addresses the research of mollusks and shells.
the research of molluscs and their shells
the pastime of layer collecting
The research of Mollusca, and of the shells that they form; malacology.
The technology of shells and shell-fish.
The word came into usage when mollusks were chiefly studied with reference to their particular shells. Since increased interest happens to be provided to the dwelling associated with the smooth components of mollusks, the expression conchology is often changed by malacology (which see). Shells were formerly divided into three sales, univalves, bivalves, and multivalves, in accordance with the number of elements of which they are comprised.