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

Other Words from ornithology

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

Examples of ornithology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hummingbird Books founder Wendy Dodson, who studied ornithology at Cornell, named the store after her favorite bird and said there will be an extensive nature and science section. BostonGlobe.com, 11 May 2022 See collection of beautiful ornithology books and colorful bird field guides. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 6 Mar. 2022 But here are five profiles from The Conversation’s archive that highlight the brilliance, grit and unique perspectives of five women who worked in geosciences, math, ornithology, pharmacology and physics during the 20th century. Maggie Villiger, The Conversation, 4 Mar. 2022 An expedition team of 18 – experts in history, nature, geology, marine biology, ornithology and photography – lectured and guided us, demonstrating daily and hourly flexibility to change exploration Plan A to Plan B whenever weather intervened. David G. Molyneaux, cleveland, 25 Feb. 2022 Including contributions by Nick Cave, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Lorna Simpson, this volume of 300 images, spanning art to fashion to ornithology, documents the importance of the avian world to all of human society. New York Times, 28 Jan. 2022 That’s why Nathan Senner, an assistant professor of ornithology at the University of South Carolina, is patiently and doggedly slogging through this swamp, clad in army-green hip boots. Jim Robbins, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Jan. 2022 Viking Expedition Teams of dozens of experts will sail along with research scientists, naturalists, mountain and kayak guides and other specialists in disciplines such as biology, geology and ornithology. John Oseid, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 Even without numbers, Kimball Garrett, ornithology collections manager of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, understood his lament. Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ornithology. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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