a combining form meaning “soft,” used in the formation of compound words:
combining form
denoting softness: malacology, malacostracan


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    [mal-uh-kol-uh-jee] /ˌmæl əˈkɒl ə dʒi/ noun 1. the science dealing with the study of mollusks. /ˌmæləˈkɒlədʒɪ/ noun 1. the branch of zoology concerned with the study of molluscs malacology (māl’ə-kŏl’ə-jē) The scientific study of mollusks.

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    /ˌmæləˈkɒfɪləs/ adjective 1. (of plants living in dry regions) having fleshy leaves in which water is stored

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