Definition of cryptozoology in English:

cryptozoology

Line breaks: crypto|zool¦ogy
Pronunciation: /ˌkrɪptəʊzuːˈɒlədʒi
 
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noun

[mass noun]
The search for and study of animals whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated, such as the Loch Ness monster and the yeti.
More example sentences
  • A study of cryptozoology gave me nightmares for weeks when I was younger.
  • It has a track record of exposing frauds, gives space to sceptical views, and sparks debate about controversial subjects - such as ‘Is cryptozoology a science?’
  • It features stories on such topics as anomalous astronomical phenomena, anomalies in the physical sciences, scientific hoaxes and cryptozoology.

Derivatives

cryptozoological

adjective
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  • We passed through the Grand Arch, a majestic limestone-cavern entrance-way into a hidden valley, and surveyed the spectacular grotto called Devil's Coachhouse, continuing our cryptozoological pursuit.
  • This influence, as well as a slightly warped sense of humor, manifest themselves in her strange cryptozoological creations and each peculiar artifact she creates.
  • It's a common cryptozoological trope and hope; that as humankind devours the environment, more large, unknown animals will appear.

cryptozoologist

noun
More example sentences
  • This creature has been a constant conundrum to cryptozoologists (scientists who study animals that may or may not be real) in North and South America for over 50 years.
  • Since cryptozoologists spend most of their energy trying to establish the existence of creatures, rather than examining actual animals, they are more akin to psi researchers than to zoologists.
  • This caused great excitement among cryptozoologists and UFOlogists, only to be deflated when a short time later the university announced that the remains were that of a dog.

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