Definition of zoo in English:

zoo

Syllabification: zoo
Pronunciation: /zo͞o
 
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noun

  • 1An establishment that maintains a collection of wild animals, typically in a park or gardens, for study, conservation, or display to the public.
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    • Once it was only possible to see animals in zoos or in marine parks but in recent years there has been a huge growth in wildlife tourism around the world.
    • In Colombia, biologists are busy reintroducing young condors hatched in North American zoos to parks and reserves.
    • While some of the animals are kept in zoos, the Sumatran rhino is difficult to breed in captivity.
    Synonyms
    park, menagerie, game farm, wildlife park, safari park, zoological park
  • 1.1 informal A situation characterized by confusion and disorder: it’s a zoo in the lobby
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    • I was reluctant to do the Olympics because I thought it would be a zoo.
    • Through the human zoo called Paris, the driver found his way to the shop located in the middle of the entertainment part of the city.
    Synonyms
    circus, madhouse, maelstrom, hullabaloo, free-for-all; pandemonium, chaos, bedlam

Origin

mid 19th century: abbreviation of zoological garden, originally applied specifically to that of Regent's Park, London.

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