mam·​mal·​o·​gy | \ mə-ˈma-lə-jē How to pronounce mammalogy (audio) , ma-ˈma-, -ˈmä- How to pronounce mammalogy (audio) \

Definition of mammalogy

: a branch of zoology dealing with mammals

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mammalogist \ mə-​ˈma-​lə-​jist How to pronounce mammalogy (audio) , ma-​ˈma-​ , -​ˈmä-​ How to pronounce mammalogy (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Tests swiftly verified that WAM's taxidermied platypuses did indeed glow, which made Kenny Travouillon, the museum's curator of mammalogy, wonder if there might be other unexpected ultraviolet biofluorescence lurking in their collections. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Wombats and Tasmanian Devils Glow Under Ultraviolet Light," 28 Dec. 2020 Chroman teaches a variety of classes at Santa Ana College and the California Naturalist Program through the UC Agricultural and Natural Resources department and specializes in conservation biology, mammalogy, ornithology and ecology. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, "The SoCal Garden Calendar: Lots of virtual plant events and one up-close in person," 28 Oct. 2020 Further growth of whale watching is questionable, according to Masao Amano, a marine mammalogy professor at Nagasaki University and advisor to the Japan Whale and Dolphin Watching Council. Rachel Fobar, National Geographic, "Whale watching in Japan is on the rise, even as commercial hunts are set to resume," 15 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of mammalogy

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mammalogy

borrowed from French mammalogie, by haplology from *mammalologie, from mammal- (base of New Latin Mammalia or French mammalien "mammalian") + -o- -o- + -logie -logy — more at mammal

Note: Perhaps introduced by the French botanist and zoologist Louis Augustin Guillaume Bosc (Bosc d'Antic) (1759-1828), who wrote the article Mammalogie in Nouveau dictionnaire d'histoire naturelle, appliquée aux arts, tome 14 (Paris, 1803), pp. 12-23. In regard to the term, Bosc comments that "On nomme ainsi, ou mieux, on doit nommer ainsi, car ce mot n'est pas encore généralement reçu, la science qui a pour objet l'étude des animaux à mamelles ou mammifères, c'est-à-dire des quadrupèdes proprement dits." ("We so designate, or rather we should designate—because this word is not yet generally accepted—the science that has as its object the study of animals with nipples, or mammifers [animals with mammary glands], that is, quadrupeds properly speaking.")

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“Mammalogy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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mam·​mal·​o·​gy | \ mə-ˈmal-ə-jē How to pronounce mammalogy (audio) , ma-ˈmal- How to pronounce mammalogy (audio) , -ˈmäl- \
plural mammalogies

Medical Definition of mammalogy

: a branch of zoology dealing with mammals

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