ornithology

noun
or·​ni·​thol·​o·​gy | \ ˌȯr-nə-ˈthä-lə-jē How to pronounce ornithology (audio) \
plural ornithologies

Definition of ornithology

1 : a branch of zoology dealing with birds
2 : a treatise on ornithology

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Other Words from ornithology

ornithological \ ˌȯr-​nə-​thə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce ornithological (audio) \ or less commonly ornithologic \ ˌȯr-​nə-​thə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce ornithologic (audio) \ adjective
ornithologically \ ˌȯr-​nə-​thə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce ornithologically (audio) \ adverb
ornithologist \ ˌȯr-​nə-​ˈthä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce ornithologist (audio) \ noun

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Strong, an ornithology and wildlife professor at the University of Vermont, is working to reverse that decline, along with Mass Audubon and hundreds of donors who want to repopulate the region’s dwindling grasslands with the effervescent bird. Brian Macquarrie, BostonGlobe.com, "In Vermont, hopes for the bobolink’s return," 21 July 2019 Each day is intended to introduce kids to a different area of study: entomology on Monday, geology on Tuesday, meteorology on Wednesday and ornithology on Thursday. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Children interact with nature through summer camp," 18 July 2019 The interpretation is plausible, says Santiago Claramunt, the associate curator of ornithology at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Ancient bird foot found in amber has bizarrely long toes," 11 July 2019 Richard Feynman is often quoted as saying that the philosophy of science is of much use to scientists as ornithology is to birds. Quanta Magazine, "Questioning Truth, Reality and the Role of Science," 24 May 2018 Richard Feynman is often quoted as saying that the philosophy of science is of much use to scientists as ornithology is to birds. Quanta Magazine, "Questioning Truth, Reality and the Role of Science," 24 May 2018 Richard Feynman is often quoted as saying that the philosophy of science is of much use to scientists as ornithology is to birds. Quanta Magazine, "Questioning Truth, Reality and the Role of Science," 24 May 2018 So begins our story and Mandrick’s lifelong love of ornithology. Helene Stapinski, New York Times, "Jungle Mold, Ornithology and Lawn Care: 3 New Novels Find Hilarity in Unexpected Places," 1 June 2018 On a dewy summer morning, Karla Rivera-Cáceres, an ornithology researcher at the University of Miami, crouched in her usual workspace –– the tall grasses of Costa Rica’s woodland –– and heard something unusual. Tarpley Hitt, miamiherald, "A lesson from mating birds: The song gets sweeter over time, a Miami scientist finds | Miami Herald," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ornithology

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ornithology

New Latin ornithologia, from ornith- + -logia -logy

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ornithology

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ornithology

: a branch of science that deals with the study of birds

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