Definition of ornithology
1 : a treatise on ornithology
2 : a branch of zoology dealing with birds
ornithologicallyplay \ˌȯr-nə-thə-ˈlä-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
ornithologistplay \ˌȯr-nə-ˈthä-lə-jist\ noun
Recent Examples of ornithology from the Web
Mira spelled the following words correctly to remain in contention: Icarian, ornithology and ferriferous.
Ostensibly about Mozart’s beloved pet bird, this essay is a collision of musicology, psychology and scientific ornithology.
The bird carcasses will be sent off to the federal forensic ornithology lab in Ashland, Oregon, to determine the cause of death.
Investigators are working the scene and are sending the bird carcasses to the federal forensic ornithology lab in Ashland, Oregon, to determine cause of death.
That data becomes essential to ornithology research.
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Origin and Etymology of ornithology
New Latin ornithologia, from ornith- + -logia -logy
First Known Use: 1654See Words from the same year
ORNITHOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ornithology for English Language Learners
: a branch of science that deals with the study of birds
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