zoo·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌzō-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce zoological (audio) \
variants: or less commonly zoologic \ ˌzō-​ə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce zoological (audio) \

Definition of zoological

1 : of, relating to, or concerned with zoology
2 : of, relating to, or affecting lower animals often as distinguished from humans

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Other Words from zoological

zoologically \ ˌzō-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce zoological (audio) \ adverb

Examples of zoological in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dold is interviewed as an expert in the documentary, as is Kelly Flaherty Clark, vice president of zoological operations at Discovery Cove. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "SeaWorld, Discovery Cove featured in American Humane documentary about the sixth mass extinction," 15 Oct. 2020 There were no complications, Jon Peterson, vice president of zoological operations, said Tuesday. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "SeaWorld: Baby dolphin born in front of theme-park visitors," 6 Oct. 2020 Another $50,000 worth of animals were taken from the facility before the zoological society returned Sunday for its second scheduled animal removal. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Tim Stark accused of hiding Wildlife In Need animals before officials could take them," 15 Sep. 2020 As zoological parks, however, those organizations fall under a different set of rules than theme parks such as Legoland, said Lego North America public relations chief Julie Estrada. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County leaders rally to reopen Legoland," 28 Aug. 2020 Other works, like the zoological sketches of Joseph Wolf, show how societal norms have shaped the ways people imagine animals. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "You Can Now Download 150,000 Free Illustrations of the Natural World," 10 Feb. 2020 Long thought to have gone extinct alongside the dinosaurs, the coelacanth’s rediscovery in 1938 is considered one of that century’s greatest zoological findings. Jessica Boddy, Popular Science, "Animal Crossing’s most elusive fish has a bizarre real-life backstory," 8 Apr. 2020 The first few pages of full-page art offer a gorgeous introduction to the concept of zoological collective nouns. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: ‘I Voted’," 24 Jan. 2020 The whole thing was oddly zoological yet also irresistible. Washington Post, "The Golden Globes red carpet showed it’s okay to delight in fashion rather than just tolerating it," 6 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of zoological

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for zoological

zoology + -ical

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The first known use of zoological was in 1686

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“Zoological.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zoological. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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zoo·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌzō-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce zoological (audio) \

Kids Definition of zoological

: of or relating to zoology zoological classification


zoo·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌzō-ə-ˈläj-i-kəl How to pronounce zoological (audio) \
variants: also zoologic \ -​ik How to pronounce zoological (audio) \

Medical Definition of zoological

1 : of, relating to, or occupied with zoology
2 : of, relating to, or affecting lower animals often as distinguished from humans zoological infections

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