Pronunciation: (eth-nol'u-jē), [key]
1. a branch of anthropology that analyzes cultures, esp. in regard to their historical development and the similarities and dissimilarities between them.
2. (formerly) a branch of anthropology dealing with the origin, distribution, and distinguishing characteristics of the races of humankind.
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