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

Examples of ornithology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like the late naturalist Roger Tory Peterson, whose field guides defined American ornithology for generations, Sibley has an exacting eye for detail. Danny Heitman, The Christian Science Monitor, "What are birds doing? David Allen Sibley knows.," 20 May 2020 Allison Shultz, assistant curator of ornithology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, has advice. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Bird-watching in quarantine: How I turned my lonely feeder into a bird hotspot," 14 May 2020 The team’s own observations complemented the data from ornithology journals. Asher Elbein, New York Times, "Birds That Eat Fire, Pet Food and Sugar Packets to Live Another Day," 28 Apr. 2020 Brian O’Shea, a collection manager for ornithology for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science who was not involved in the recent study, says the researchers’ findings make sense. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian Magazine, "Heavily Trafficked Songbirds a Victim of Venezuelan Collapse," 6 Apr. 2020 The University of Alaska Fairbanks ornithology student bounded north on Farmers Loop Road on Wednesday, running home from campus in minus-36-degree air. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "So negative, yet so positive: At nearly 40 below zero, Fairbanks knows how to chill," 11 Jan. 2020 Finding Snowy Owls is similar to tracking any other creature in the wild, said Andy Jones, curator of ornithology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Snowy Owls bring wonder of the Arctic home to birders in Northeast Ohio," 17 Jan. 2020 Chicago, Houston, and Dallas are ranked on top of the list of the most dangerous areas for migrating birds, according to a recent study by Cornell University’s ornithology lab, but currently have no bird-saving ordinances in place. Anne Quito, Quartz, "New York City is about to pass a law to prevent birds from crashing into buildings," 8 Dec. 2019 Audubon’s renderings of hundreds of birds, mostly in watercolor, were elegantly engraved in volumes that informed ornithology for generations. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "James Prosek: An American Original," 26 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of ornithology was in 1654

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12 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ornithology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ornithology. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ornithology

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

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