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ophiology

Syllabification: oph·i·ol·o·gy
Pronunciation: /ˌäfēˈäləjē, ˌōfē-
 
/

Definition of ophiology in English:

noun

The branch of zoology that deals with snakes.
Example sentences
  • For example, Kekulé thought up the ring structure of the benzene molecule after a dream of a snake grasping its tail, but chemists don't need to worry about correct ophiology to analyse benzene!
  • That, in fact, Holmes did recognize it for what it was, testifies to his profound knowledge of ophiology.

Origin

early 19th century: from Greek ophis 'snake' + -logy.

Derivatives

ophiologist

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Fonda is Charles ‘Hoppsy‘Pike, an ale heir and amateur ophiologist; he's come from a year up the Amazon and hailed a cruise ship sailing for New York.

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