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

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One of these partners is Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, another noted zoological organization. San Diego Union-Tribune, "In 2019, can the San Diego Zoo make new fans out of TV viewers?," 3 Aug. 2019 For Angela Gibson, zoological manager at Oakland Zoo, the pups symbolize a step in the right direction. Eduardo Medina, SFChronicle.com, "Gray wolf pups at Oakland Zoo symbolize revival for California-native species," 5 July 2019 Dior Men artistic director Kim Jones, ever the animal lover and punk at heart, connected with Pettibon’s zoological drawings, reproducing some new sketches in his Fall 2019 collection. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“I Think Fashion and Art Meet Together like a Finely Knit Sweater”—Raymond Pettibon Discusses His Dior Men Collaboration," 11 Feb. 2019 Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 / 2:16 Massive crocodile eats a snack Advertisement Travis Correll, zoological operations manager at Alligator Adventure in North Myrtle Beach, feeds Utan, King of the Crocs. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "A crocodile ripped off the arm of a bride-to-be. She refused to delay the wedding," 8 May 2018 The zoological term primate refers to the order of mammals that includes humans, gorillas, apes, gibbons, and monkeys, among other species. Brett Clarkson, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Zoo Miami's oldest primate, a gibbon called Prisilla, dies at almost 50," 5 June 2018 Soon after the trial, Johnson embarked on a quest to track down Rist, identify his network of buyers and recover for the museum thousands of still-missing feathers, vital tools for DNA extraction and other important zoological research. Joshua Hammer, New York Times, "The Man Who Stole Bird Feathers," 1 June 2018 As one of the country’s finest zoological attractions, the Milwaukee County Zoo will educate, entertain and inspire you! Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Insider Tour at The Milwaukee Zoo," 16 Apr. 2018 By 1857, the East India Company’s London zoological museum boasted insect specimens from across the colonial world, including from Ceylon, India, Java and Nepal. Rohan Deb Roy, Smithsonian, "Science Still Bears the Fingerprints of Colonialism," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of zoological

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 zoologic (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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