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 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 There are so many unknowns about these buzzing, 17-year periodical bugs, says Dr. Hinkle, a professor of entomology at the University of Georgia. Dwight Weingarten, The Christian Science Monitor, "Bug-eyed about invading cicadas? They might teach you some life lessons.," 4 May 2021 Her father, Hassan Efflatoun, was a scientist who established a department of entomology at the University of Cairo. New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Inji Efflatoun, Egyptian Artist of the People," 29 Apr. 2021 The bugs have been lurking beneath the surface since 2004, feeding on sap from the roots of plants, according to Michael J. Raupp, emeritus professor of entomology at the University of Maryland, in an interview with USA Today. Brian Whipkey, baltimoresun.com, "Cicadas expected to be fish ‘filet mignon’ in southeastern Pennsylvania next month," 17 Apr. 2021 Cooper teaches entomology and turf portions of the CT Master Gardener Program and serves as the center’s photographer. courant.com, "Community news for the Glastonbury edition," 26 Mar. 2021 This Saturday, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is hosting a conversation with Doug Margerum, owner of Margerum Wine Co. in the Santa Ynez Valley, and entomology expert Matthew Gimmel about the influence of insects on wine. Los Angeles Times, "Spot unique art and architecture across L.A. County with these adventures," 25 Mar. 2021 On Monday, entomology lab technician Araceli Gomez was working her way through a case of dozens of Sara orangetips, small white California butterflies that hatch each spring. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Despite 11-month closure, Natural History Museum has been a beehive of activity since March," 24 Feb. 2021 Egg masses are much easier to contain than jumping nymphs or swarming adults, notes Karen Verderame, curator of entomology at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Claire Marie Porter, Scientific American, "How You Can Help Stop Invasive Spotted Lanternflies," 24 Dec. 2020 Caleb Hubbard, a PhD candidate studying veterinary entomology at University of California at Riverside, and Michael Dickinson, a professor of biology and bioengineering at California Institute of Technology, had differing theories. Washington Post, "‘Harris/Fly 2024’: Debate viewers couldn’t look away from the bug on Pence’s head," 8 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of entomology was in 1764

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“Entomology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entomology. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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

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