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 zoologist (audio) , zə-​ˈwä-​ \ noun

Examples of zoology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An international collaboration investigating biodiversity in leech populations led Phillips, a curator of parasitic worms and invertebrate zoology at the National Museum of Natural History, to streams and ponds across the eastern United States. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian, "A New Species of Leech Is Discovered Near Washington, D.C.," 15 Aug. 2019 Shania Turner, a zoology and conservation major from Kenton, Ohio, likes Beto O’Rourke and Yang. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "Many in line outside Ohio Democratic debate don’t yet have favorite candidate," 15 Oct. 2019 Karl Schmidt was curator emeritus of zoology at the Field Museum in 1957, when the Lincoln Park Zoo sent over an obscure young snake for identification. Nara Schoenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago alligator joins a long line of local reptiles that have stirred up trouble. Here are some of the most famous.," 16 July 2019 Both had doctorates in zoology and specialized in genetics. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Liane Russell, scientist who put spotlight on danger of X-rays for embryos, dies at 95," 23 Aug. 2019 Fittingly, those dismal biometric records went missing for decades, until they were located in a tea chest at the university’s zoology museum. Christoph Irmscher, WSJ, "‘The Spirit of Inquiry’ Review: Inventing the Scientist," 28 June 2019 The previous editor, Eugene Maleska, famously hated contemporary pop culture, and puzzles under his watch habitually relied on obscure terms from zoology and botany. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Upstart Crossword Puzzle Builders Get Their Point Across (and Down)," 19 Aug. 2019 The 23-week course includes weekly zoology lectures and behind-the-scenes visits to the animal exhibits. Sharon Boorstin, latimes.com, "Want to get close to gibbons or pythons? Volunteer at one of these L.A. places," 4 July 2019 Foster earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Howard University in 1958, followed by a dental degree from Howard in 1962. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "Juliann Bluitt Foster, first female president of the Chicago Dental Society, dies at 80," 7 July 2019

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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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The first known use of zoology was in 1663

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8 Dec 2019

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“Zoology.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zoology?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=z&file=zoolog04. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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