zoo

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noun \ˈzü\

Definition of zoo

plural

zoos

  1. 1 :  a facility with usually indoor and outdoor settings where living, typically wild animals are kept especially for public exhibition —called also zooological garden, zoological park

  2. 2 :  a place, situation, or group marked by crowding, confusion, or unrestrained behavior The convention was a zoo.

Examples of zoo in a Sentence

  1. The sixth grade classroom was a zoo after recess.

  2. The supermarket was a real zoo on the night before the storm.

Origin and Etymology of zoo

short for zoological garden


zoo-

Definition of zoo-

  1. — see zo-


ZOO Defined for English Language Learners

zoo

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Definition of zoo for English Language Learners

  • : a place where many kinds of animals are kept so that people can see them

  • : a place, situation, or group that is crowded, loud, and uncontrolled


ZOO Defined for Kids

zoo

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noun \ˈzü\

Definition of zoo for Students

plural

zoos

  1. :  a place where living usually wild animals are kept for showing to the public



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