ich·​thy·​ol·​o·​gy ˌik-thē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce ichthyology (audio)
: a branch of zoology that deals with fishes
ichthyological adjective
ichthyologically adverb
ichthyologist noun

Examples of ichthyology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to Luiz Rocha, co-author of the study and ichthyology curator for the California Academy of Sciences, the team had aimed to go back this year for more sampling with support from the National Geographic Society, but the trip was cancelled due to the ongoing political conflict. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 8 May 2015 Marine organisms maintain the same temperature as the surrounding water, so when that when temperature increases, so does the temperature of the organism, Martin Grosell, professor of ichthyology and chair of the University of Miami's Department of Marine Biology and Ecology, told ABC News. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 8 June 2022 In what might be considered a mixed message outside of the ichthyology world, scientists have named a new species of cavefish after the Indiana University Hoosiers. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 3 June 2014 Katherine Maslenikov, the museum’s ichthyology collections manager, was hesitant when Wood first approached her with the idea. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, 28 Apr. 2022 The specimen was noticed by a group of recreational divers in May last year off Arraial do Cabo, explain the authors, which include the California Academy of Sciences' curator of ichthyology, Luiz Rocha. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 22 Apr. 2015 Kim Gray, curator of herpetology and ichthyology with the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, cited another reason cobras don't like to bite people. CNN, 29 Oct. 2022 The ichthyology world was stoked about Estes’s find. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2022 Last week, Bill Ludt, the ichthyology collection’s curator, and Todd Clardy, its manager, welcomed a visitor to the room where the museum’s three million fish specimens are stored. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ichthyology was in 1646

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“Ichthyology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ichthyology. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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ich·​thy·​ol·​o·​gy ˌik-thē-ˈäl-ə-jē How to pronounce ichthyology (audio)
: a branch of zoology that deals with fishes

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