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Definition of Geology

  GEOLOGY   noun
The science of the earth's crust -- to which, doubtless, will be added that of its interior whenever a man shall come up garrulous out of a well.  The geological formations of the globe already noted are catalogued thus:  The Primary, or lower one, consists of rocks, bones or mired mules, gas-pipes, miners' tools, antique statues minus the nose, Spanish doubloons and ancestors.  The Secondary is largely made up of red worms and moles.  The Tertiary comprises railway tracks, patent pavements, grass, snakes, mouldy boots, beer bottles, tomato cans, intoxicated citizens, garbage, anarchists, snap-dogs and fools.

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
d????l?d?? n. 1 the science of the earth, including the composition, structure, and origin of its rocks. 2 this science applied to any other planet or celestial body. 3 the geological features of a district. °°geologic adj. geological adj. geologically adv. geologist n. geologize v.tr. & intr. (also -ise). [mod.L geologia (as GEO-, -LOGY)]

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