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Organology Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Organology \Or`ga*nol"o*gy\, n. [Organ + -logy: cf. F. organologie.]
  1. The science of organs or of anything considered as an organic structure. The science of style, as an organ of thought, of style in relation to the ideas and feelings, might be called the organology of style. --De Quincey.
  2. That branch of biology which treats, in particular, of the organs of animals and plants. See Morphology.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Organology'

Organology (from Greek: ὄργανον - organon, "instrument" and λόγος - logos, "study") is the science of musical instruments and their classification . It embraces study of instruments' history, instruments used in different cultures, technical aspects of how instruments produce sound, and musical instrument classification. There is a degree of overlap between organology, acoustics and ethnomusicology (each of the aforementioned being subsets of musicology).

A number of ancient cultures left documents detailing the musical instruments used and their role in society; these documents sometimes included a classification system. The first major documents on the subjects from the west, however, date from the 16th century, with works such as Sebastian Virdung's Musica getuscht und ausgezogen (1511), and Martin Agricola's Musica instrumentalis deudsch (1529).

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