cryp·​to·​zo·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌkrip-tə-zō-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce cryptozoology (audio) , -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 How to pronounce cryptozoology (audio) \ adjective
cryptozoologist \ ˌkrip-​tə-​zō-​ˈä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce cryptozoology (audio) , -​zə-​ˈwä-​ \ noun

Examples of cryptozoology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In recent years, his work began attracting attention from cryptozoology researchers, including those looking for Bigfoot. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "The 2,000-Year-Long Search for the Loch Ness Monster," 21 Nov. 2019 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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The first known use of cryptozoology was in 1968

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“Cryptozoology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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