zoology

noun
zo·​ol·​o·​gy | \ zō-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce zoology (audio) , zə-ˈwä- How to pronounce zoology (audio) \

Definition of zoology

1 : a branch of biology concerned with the classification and the properties and vital phenomena of animals
2a : animal life (as of a region) : fauna
b : the properties and vital phenomena exhibited by an animal, animal type, or group

Other Words from zoology

zoologist \ zō-​ˈä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce zoology (audio) , zə-​ˈwä-​ \ noun

Examples of zoology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Until the publication of the first modern ethology textbook (The Study of Instinct, by Nikolaas Tinbergen) in 1951, however, field work wasn’t an important part of zoology. Stephen Armstrong, Wired, 2 Dec. 2021 Saviano earned degrees in zoology and communications from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Boston University and began working in hospital public relations. William J. Kole, USA TODAY, 29 Nov. 2021 Saviano earned degrees in zoology and communications from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Boston University and began working in hospital public relations. CBS News, 28 Nov. 2021 Saviano earned degrees in zoology and communications from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Boston University and began working in hospital public relations. NBC News, 28 Nov. 2021 Phil graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1975 with a degree in zoology. New York Times, 28 Nov. 2021 Born in Serntes on the Spanish coast, Alvariño developed a love for natural history early, encouraged by her parents to read her doctor father's books on zoology, according to Encyclopedia of World Biography. Theresa Waldrop, CNN, 3 Oct. 2021 Eric Warrant, a professor of zoology at the University of Lund in Sweden. Karen Hopkin, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2021 In addition, Escoto uses literature to tie geology, zoology, biology and astrophysics into her photography. Diane Lopez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of zoology

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for zoology

borrowed from New Latin zoologia "study of animals" (in early use often in reference to animals as the source of medicines), from zoo- zoo- + -logia -logy

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“Zoology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zoology. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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zoology

noun

English Language Learners Definition of zoology

: the branch of science that involves the study of animals and animal behavior

zoology

noun
zo·​ol·​o·​gy | \ zō-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce zoology (audio) \

Kids Definition of zoology

1 : a branch of biology concerned with the study of animals and animal life
2 : animal life (as of a region) the zoology of Australia

zoology

noun
zo·​ol·​o·​gy | \ zō-ˈäl-ə-jē How to pronounce zoology (audio) \
plural zoologies

Medical Definition of zoology

1 : a branch of biology that deals with the classification and the properties and vital phenomena of animals
2 : the properties and vital phenomena exhibited by an animal, animal type, or group

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