zo·​ol·​o·​gy | \zō-ˈä-lə-jē, zə-ˈwä- \

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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zoologist \zō-​ˈä-​lə-​jist, zə-​ˈwä-​ \ noun

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The book’s authors, zoology graduate student Dani Rabaiotti and postdoctoral scientist Nick Caruso, are the same team that brought us the best-selling guide to animal flatulence, Does it Fart?. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Flatworms fence with their penises and other gross science facts," 21 Oct. 2018 An artistic and imaginative child, Barlow expressed an interest in zoology before enrolling at the Chelsea College of Arts in 1960. Natalia Rachlin, WSJ, "Phyllida Barlow’s Supersize Sculptures Will Soon Arrive in New York," 9 Oct. 2018 In 1953, she and her husband, Seymour Abrahamson, a zoology student, were newly married. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shirley Abrahamson won't seek another term, setting up race for Wisconsin high court seat," 30 May 2018 Duncan transferred to the University of Miami, graduating in 1938 with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and zoology. Washington Post, latimes.com, "Famed photojournalist David Douglas Duncan dies at 102," 8 June 2018 The horror flick will be followed by a Q&A session with the museum’s assistant curator of vertebrate zoology, Roberta Muehlheim. cleveland.com, "22 movies and film fests to see in Cleveland in April 2018," 3 Apr. 2018 Our keepers are well educated in zoology, biology and other zoo sciences. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "Zoo Boise is about to get bigger and better. Meet the guy who will help make it happen. | Idaho Statesman," 13 May 2018 Ginsburg was there in 1953 when the House Un-American Activities Committee grilled zoology professor Marcus Singer about his participation in a communist study group while teaching at Harvard. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "3 Things We Learned from the New Ruth Bader Ginsburg Documentary," 4 May 2018 Filmmaker Cooke, who has a background in zoology, sifts through some of the most egregious myths about the animal kingdom and sets the record straight. Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American, "Debunking Animal Myths, the Truth about Time and Other New Science Books," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of zoology

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for zoology

New Latin zoologia, from zo- + -logia -logy

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English Language Learners Definition of zoology

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


zo·​ol·​o·​gy | \zō-ˈä-lə-jē \

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


zo·​ol·​o·​gy | \zō-ˈäl-ə-jē \
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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