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

Examples of entomology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This afternoon, Floyd Shockley, entomology collections manager at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, is set to join Emily Simpson and Patrick Webster of the Monterey Bay Aquarium for an unconventional online adventure. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Join a Smithsonian Entomologist and the Monterey Bay Aquarium for This Beetle-Centric ‘Animal Crossing’ Livestream," 4 May 2020 At Texas A&M in College Station, the entomology department has about a hundred specimens, collected years ago. Marc Burckhardt, National Geographic, "A little-known parasite infects 300,000 people in the U.S.," 17 June 2019 But treehoppers have never gotten their due, according to Brendan Morris, an entomology graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who studied and named the new insect. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "There's a new insect named for Lady Gaga, and it's every bit as otherworldly as the pop diva," 11 Mar. 2020 Morris, who studies entomology, named the species after the pop diva in an attempt to highlight treehoppers. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "New bug species named after Lady Gaga due to its "wacky fashion sense"," 10 Mar. 2020 In his new book, Nature’s Best Hope, Tallamy, a professor of entomology at the University of Delaware, offers practical tips for creating habitat that protects and nurtures nature. George Lin, National Geographic, "5 surprising ways to celebrate gardens this spring," 18 Feb. 2020 Plus, the materials were tested in an entomology lab to ensure that bed bugs can’t get through! The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Protect-A-Bed Bed Bug Protection Kit," 1 Aug. 2019 The new species were discovered by Alex Wild, curator of entomology, and lecturer in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Texas at Austin, and researcher Jennifer Schlauch. Fox News, "'Rodeo ants' that hitch a ride on larger ants discovered in Texas," 13 Dec. 2019 The essay is an elegant synthesis of entomology, economics, and colonial history that places indigenous knowledge at the foundation of the climate conversation — not as ornament, but as central anti-capitalist critique, as timeless technology. Longreads, "Longreads Best of 2019: Science and Nature," 13 Dec. 2019

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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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4 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Entomology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entomology. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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