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

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 Though Barack Obama reading zoological bedtime stories will be more than enough for some people. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Apr. 2022 Disney's Animal Kingdom seems to build upon the island's zoological theme with interactive and immersive animal exhibits. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, 2 Apr. 2022 At Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Lauro Cavazos earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology in 1949 and a master’s in zoological cytology, the study of cells, in 1951. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2022 Twenty‑five years of teaching biology primed me, or perhaps produced a strange bias in me, to experience holding the instrument as a zoological wonder. David George Haskell, Wired, 8 Mar. 2022 According to a recent zoological study, the River Thames, declared dead decades ago, is today alive with fish, sharks, eels and other marine life. Reggie Nadelson, WSJ, 23 Dec. 2021 In addition to making her own collection, Osgood spent hours browsing the academy’s cabinet of geological, botanical and zoological specimens. Reed Gochberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Nov. 2021 The moratorium on new captive cervid facilities would not apply for wildlife research, rehabilitation, reintroduction efforts, or zoological facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Oct. 2021 The gargantuan elephant Jumbo, upon being purchased by Barnum and forced to leave the zoological gardens at London’s Regent’s Park, blurted a trumpet call, lay down in the road outside the park’s gates, and refused to budge for a full day. Nathaniel Rich, The New York Review of Books, 23 Apr. 2020 See More

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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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17 Apr 2022

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“Zoological.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zoological. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for zoological


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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