Definition of ichthyology in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɪkθɪˈɒlədʒi/


[mass noun]
The branch of zoology that deals with fishes.
Example sentences
  • Zoogeography integrates a variety of disciplines within ichthyology (ecology, physiology, systematics, paleontology, geology and biogeography) to explain patterns of fish distribution.
  • The histories of botany, ornithology, ichthyology etc. follow similar patterns.
  • There is something for everyone, whether their interest is in electronics, engineering, palaeontology, biology, genetics, chemistry, ichthyology, supersonics, space, aliens or anything else of - or indeed not of - this planet.



Pronunciation: /ˌɪkθɪəˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Instead, each section introduces important ichthyological concepts and terminology, as well as numerous examples from a diverse range of ray-finned fish families.
  • Only the Curator of Fishes was able to report that the dry portion of the ichthyological collection was in good condition, but a few years later, that too had become infested with insects.
  • As an imaginative, non-violent and funny option for a core under-10 audience, however, it's an ichthyological treat.


Pronunciation: /ɪkθɪˈɒlədʒɪst/
Example sentences
  • Such is the case with the larva in the photograph, tentatively identified by several ichthyologists as Thalassenchelys coheni.
  • Capelin are extremely numerous and more commercially important than most of the other species in this paper, and so may have received greater attention from ichthyologists over the years.
  • One of the main challenges faced by ichthyologists hoping to discover and document the fish species in very big South American rivers is to devise ways to survey less accessible parts of the channels.

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