herpetology

noun
her·​pe·​tol·​o·​gy | \ ˌhər-pə-ˈtä-lə-jē How to pronounce herpetology (audio) \

Definition of herpetology

: a branch of zoology dealing with reptiles and amphibians

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Other Words from herpetology

herpetological \ ˌhər-​pə-​tə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce herpetological (audio) \ adjective
herpetologist \ ˌhər-​pə-​ˈtä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce herpetologist (audio) \ noun

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University of Vermont herpetology lecturer James Andrews estimates that the population of the northern leopard frog has leaped a hundredfold in a region near the Otter Creek in Addison County primarily because of the wet spring. USA TODAY, "Leaping frogs, spiny lobsters, hostile roosters: News from around our 50 states," 26 July 2019 University of Vermont herpetology lecturer James Andrews estimates that the population of the northern leopard frog has leaped a hundredfold in a region near the Otter Creek in Addison County primarily because of the wet spring. USA TODAY, "Leaping frogs, spiny lobsters, hostile roosters: News from around our 50 states," 26 July 2019 University of Vermont herpetology lecturer James Andrews estimates that the population of the northern leopard frog has leaped a hundredfold in a region near the Otter Creek in Addison County primarily because of the wet spring. USA TODAY, "Leaping frogs, spiny lobsters, hostile roosters: News from around our 50 states," 26 July 2019 University of Vermont herpetology lecturer James Andrews estimates that the population of the northern leopard frog has leaped a hundredfold in a region near the Otter Creek in Addison County primarily because of the wet spring. USA TODAY, "Leaping frogs, spiny lobsters, hostile roosters: News from around our 50 states," 26 July 2019 University of Vermont herpetology lecturer James Andrews estimates that the population of the northern leopard frog has leaped a hundredfold in a region near the Otter Creek in Addison County primarily because of the wet spring. USA TODAY, "Leaping frogs, spiny lobsters, hostile roosters: News from around our 50 states," 26 July 2019 University of Vermont herpetology lecturer James Andrews estimates that the population of the northern leopard frog has leaped a hundredfold in a region near the Otter Creek in Addison County primarily because of the wet spring. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "New England news in brief," 25 July 2019 In 2010, Jacob Ngwava, a research scientist in the herpetology department at the National Museums of Kenya, spent six months searching for the Mt. Kenya bush vipers. Maurice Oniang'o, National Geographic, "Rare vipers are being poached in Kenya—but some people are grateful," 4 Apr. 2019 Jonathan Losos, biology professor at Harvard and curator of herpetology at the university’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, talks about his latest book, Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance and the Future of Evolution. Jonathan B. Losos, Scientific American, "Does Evolution Repeat Itself?," 27 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of herpetology

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for herpetology

Greek herpeton quadruped, reptile, from neuter of herpetos crawling, from herpein

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