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

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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 Steinsaltz, who established a network of schools in Israel and the former Soviet Union, wrote more than 200 books on subjects ranging from zoology to theology, but the Talmud was his greatest passion. David Crary, ajc, "Religious leaders worldwide, across faiths who died in 2020," 31 Dec. 2020 But the singular focus on the coronavirus could also set back other fields, like zoology or conservation sciences, which saw frequent cancellations in research. TheWeek, "U.S. surpasses 300,000 coronavirus deaths," 14 Dec. 2020 The series features five 90-minute videos exploring anthropology, vertebrate zoology, botany, entomology and paleontology. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Venues are closed, so Utah arts groups are streaming their holiday cheer," 27 Nov. 2020 Qualified Black talent exists across the broad spectrum of our nation's HBCUs all with varied strengths in everything from accounting to zoology. CNN, "Howard University president: The pool of Black talent in America is not 'limited' at all," 25 Oct. 2020 The last person known to have seen Bowdre alive was her husband of 18 years, Larry Bowdre, then a visiting professor of zoology at Miami University. Amber Hunt, The Enquirer, "Backstory: After a Valentine's Day breakfast in 1988, Linda Bowdre vanished, left few clues," 15 Oct. 2020 Despite working 20 hours a week, Dr. Rose completed his bachelor’s degree in zoology at Yale University in three years, graduating in 1948. Matt Schudel, BostonGlobe.com, "Noel R. Rose, scientist who advanced study of autoimmune diseases, dies at 92," 10 Aug. 2020 Despite working 20 hours a week, Dr. Rose completed his bachelor’s degree in zoology at Yale University in three years, graduating in 1948. Matt Schudel, BostonGlobe.com, "Noel R. Rose, scientist who advanced study of autoimmune diseases, dies at 92," 10 Aug. 2020 The 19th century zoology professor and university president is remembered in the biology building, a parking garage and even a river. Lydia Gerike, The Indianapolis Star, "IU is changing buildings, landmarks named for a eugenicist. Here's what the community says," 29 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of zoology was in 1663

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14 Jan 2021

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“Zoology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zoology. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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zoology

noun
How to pronounce zoology (audio) How to pronounce zoology (audio)

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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