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

Other Words from entomology

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

Examples of entomology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mosquitoes can be much denser in higher latitudes than in lower ones, said Derek Sikes, curator of insects and professor of entomology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2022 Paul Marek, associate professor in the Virginia Tech department of entomology and formal doctoral candidate Jackson Means at Virginia Tech, traveled with Hennen across 17 states from 2015 to 2019 and found 17 new millipede species. Megan Marples, CNN, 20 Apr. 2022 Raupp is a professional cicada-botherer, a professor emeritus of entomology at the University of Maryland. Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2022 For the most part, Floridians should pay these creatures little heed, said William Kern, an associate professor in the University of Florida’s entomology and nematology department. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, 28 Jan. 2022 Tom Smith, a senior environmental scientist who works in the forest entomology and pathology program at California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said beetle populations have certainly been a much greater concern in recent decades. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Dec. 2021 Riley’s eventual success launched the field of applied entomology—using bugs to protect crops—and secured his legacy as its founder. Martin J. Kernan, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Jan. 2022 That took an adult with more knowledge about entomology and the government quarantines in faraway places. Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2021 At restaurants farther from downtown, more trees offer the cicadas a place to land — and mate — so are more likely to see cicada action, notes Michael Raupp, an emeritus entomology professor at the University of Maryland. Washington Post, 11 May 2021 See More

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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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“Entomology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entomology. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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 entomology (audio) \ adjective
entomologically \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce entomology (audio) \ adverb

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