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 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 The ornithology lab said that artificial light in such buildings distracts and disorients the birds. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Hundreds of Migrating Birds Crash Into NASCAR Hall of Fame with 97 of Them Dying," 16 Oct. 2019 Though fledgling bird-watchers, Nick and Ellie are among the youngsters involved in birding in Harford County, where several grade schools pique their interest with engaging programs in ornithology, even if some kids can’t yet spell the word. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "Harford youngsters’ interest in birding is piqued through programs in the county," 20 Aug. 2019 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

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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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7 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ornithology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ornithology. Accessed 16 Feb. 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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