en·to·mol·o·gy | \ˌen-tə-ˈmä-lə-jē \

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 \ adjective
entomologically \ˌen-tə-mə-ˈlä-ji-k(ə-)lē \ adverb
entomologist \ˌen-tə-ˈmä-lə-jist \ noun

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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 Even a small amount of time browsing the site may move you from insect skeptic to entomology enthusiast. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "This website is crawling with bug news," 17 June 2018 Jerry Powell, a UC Berkeley graduate professor of systematic entomology, said that California oak moths sporadically hatch in blooms in Palo Alto, Santa Cruz and cities along the California coast, usually in July and August. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, "Experts reassuring as thousands of oak moths swarm Oakland park trees," 7 June 2018 Those reports have all made their way, in one form or another, to Tom Baker and Nina Jenkins, researchers and professors of entomology at Penn State. Vinny Vella, Philly.com, "$90,000 state grant to help study infestation of Chesco mushroom flies," 5 June 2018 Matt Bertone is an extension associate in entomology at North Carolina State University. Matt Bertone, Philly.com, "Why you shouldn't kill that spider in your house," 30 May 2018 Bertone is extension associate in entomology at North Carolina State University. Matt Bertone, Washington Post, "Don’t kill that spider in your house. It’s unlikely to bite you and is good for the environment.," 28 May 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 \
plural entomologies

Medical Definition of entomology 

: a branch of zoology that deals with insects

Other Words from entomology

entomological \-mə-ˈläj-i-kəl \ adjective
entomologically \-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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