WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
hym•nol•o•gy  (him nolə jē), 
  1. Music and Dancethe study of hymns, their history, classification, etc.
  2. Music and Dancethe composition of hymns.
  3. Music and Dancehymns collectively.
Etymology:1630–40; hymn + -o- + -logy
hym•no•log•ic  (him′nl ojik), 
hym′no•logi•cal, adj. 
hym′no•logi•cal•ly, adv. 
hym•nolo•gist, n. 

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hymnology /hɪmˈnɒlədʒɪ/ n
  1. the study of hymn composition
  2. another word for hymnody

hymˈnologist n

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