en·​to·​mol·​o·​gy | \ ˌen-tə-ˈmä-lə-jē How to pronounce entomology (audio) \

Definition of entomology

: a branch of zoology that deals with insects

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Other Words from entomology

entomological \ ˌen-​tə-​mə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce entomological (audio) \ adjective
entomologically \ ˌen-​tə-​mə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce entomologically (audio) \ adverb
entomologist \ ˌen-​tə-​ˈmä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce entomologist (audio) \ noun

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Marla Spivak, a professor in the entomology department at the University of Minnesota, has been working for more than a decade to understand why honeybee populations are dwindling. New York Times, "With a Sniff and a Signal, These Dogs Hunt Down Threats to Bees," 3 July 2018 The specimens were discovered by the entomology student Longfeng Li, who brought them to be classified by the Smithsonian. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Newly Discovered Ancient Wasp Species Gets Its Name from David Bowie," 23 June 2017 The work is funded by grants from the USDA and the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission and overseen by WSU entomology professor Elizabeth Beers, an expert on integrated pest management. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "A local researcher is breeding an army of wasps to devour invasive stink bugs," 27 Aug. 2018 At an entrance of the University of Florida’s Steinmetz Hall, home of what one university survey rates as the world’s top entomology department, sits a display case of bejeweled curios. Jack Payne, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Insects as art: How Florida can overcome the yuck factor," 9 July 2018 That’s because there are roughly 30 times more moth species, says Robert Robbins, a curator in the Smithsonian’s entomology department who studies butterfly evolution. Laura Poppick, Smithsonian, "Dissecting Moth Genitals In the Name of Science," 4 May 2018 Every week, hosts Seth Shostak and Molly Bentley use storytelling to bring scientific discovery to your ears, with the help of experts in fields such as robotics, astronomy, neurology, entomology and more. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "Selling science, and debunking pseudoscience, through great stories," 23 June 2018 Let’s face it, a lot of entomology is how to kill insects that munch crops, deliver disease with their bites, or even destroy your house. Jack Payne, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Insects as art: How Florida can overcome the yuck factor," 9 July 2018 Susan Paskewitz, a professor of entomology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said this year's tick season is not expected to be any worse than last year's. Jennifer Walter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ticks are appearing more frequently in backyards. Here's how to target ticks close to home.," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of entomology

1764, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for entomology

French entomologie, from Greek entomon insect (from neuter of entomos cut up, from en- + temnein to cut) + French -logie -logy — more at tome

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English Language Learners Definition of entomology

: a branch of science that deals with the study of insects


en·​to·​mol·​o·​gy | \ ˌent-ə-ˈmäl-ə-jē How to pronounce entomology (audio) \
plural entomologies

Medical Definition of entomology

: a branch of zoology that deals with insects

Other Words from entomology

entomological \ -​mə-​ˈläj-​i-​kəl How to pronounce entomological (audio) \ adjective
entomologically \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce entomologically (audio) \ adverb

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