geography
noun (plural -phies) Etymology: Latin geographia, from Greek geōgraphia, from geōgraphein to describe the earth's surface, from geō- + graphein to write — more at carve Date: 15th century 1. a science that deals with the description, distribution, and interaction of the diverse physical, biological, and cultural features of the earth's surface 2. the geographic features of an area 3. a treatise on geography 4. a. a delineation or systematic arrangement of constituent elements ; configuration <
the philosophers…have tried to construct geographies of human reason — Times Literary Supplement
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b. makeup 1 <
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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