Definition of ornithology in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌôrnəˈTHäləjē/


The scientific study of birds.
Example sentences
  • This fresh autobiographical study in amateur ornithology may be one of the first birding romance novels!
  • What do you consider your most important contribution to ornithology?
  • The German author is widely recognized for his work in ornithology.



Pronunciation: /ôrˌniTHəˈläjək(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Recent ornithological events on the lower Bure marshes, near Yarmouth, have reminded me of my earliest bird-watching days.
  • Lear's book of parrots was an immediate success and no doubt had he persevered with his ornithological studies he would have achieved immortality as a new Audubon.
  • Among the many ornithological features observed along the Norfolk coast during the autumn of 1993 was a heavy and prolonged migration of siskins.


Pronunciation: /ˌôrniTHəˈläjik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • His choice of the University of Greifswald for medical studies was because of its location in an ornithologically interesting area of Germany.
  • At some of these ornithologically important sites, it will take the decimated bird population some 10 to 12 years to recover, he said.
  • But then much of the use of birdsong in music has always been an anecdotal exercise, a way of deliberately conjuring up a mood or a location rather than any attempt to be ornithologically exact.


Late 17th century: from modern Latin ornithologia, from Greek ornithologos 'treating of birds'.

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Syllabification: or·ni·thol·o·gy

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