cryptozoology

noun
cryp·​to·​zo·​ol·​o·​gy | \ˌkrip-tə-zō-ˈä-lə-jē, -zə-ˈwä-\

Definition of cryptozoology 

: the study of and search for animals and especially legendary animals (such as Sasquatch) usually in order to evaluate the possibility of their existence

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Other Words from cryptozoology

cryptozoological \ˌkrip-​tə-​ˌzō-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl \ adjective
cryptozoologist \ˌkrip-​tə-​zō-​ˈä-​lə-​jist, -​zə-​ˈwä-​ \ noun

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One of my hobbies is dragging my patient wife to small towns to study beliefs and practices related to cryptozoology – the hunt for creatures, from Bigfoot to the Loch Ness Monster, whose existence hasn’t been scientifically proven. Joseph P. Laycock, Smithsonian, "A Search for Mysteries and Monsters in Small Town America," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of cryptozoology

1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cryptozoology

crypto- + zoology

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