Definition of zoology in English:

zoology

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Pronunciation: /zuːˈɒlədʒi
 
, zəʊ-/

noun

[mass noun]
  • 1The scientific study of the behaviour, structure, physiology, classification, and distribution of animals.
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    • But the desire for a deeper understanding of the forest and its creatures led him back to Moscow to study zoology.
    • He contributed an immense amount of research in vertebrate and invertebrate zoology and paleontology, and also wrote and lectured on the history of science.
    • When the war ended, he was over 50, and instead of returning to mouse genetics he retreated into more general physiology and zoology.
  • 1.1The animal life of a particular area or time: the zoology of Russia’s vast interior
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    • While in a kibbutz, I saw a poster advertising a summer's program at Hebrew University in desert zoology, and I enrolled.

Derivatives

zoologist

noun
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  • So entomologists, marine biologists, zoologists and ornithologists also sought his assistance with fieldwork and research.
  • The goal of biologists - typically, zoologists and behavioral ecologists - is to understand how animal behavior contributes to survival and reproductive success.
  • The establishment is managed with due deference to conservation, and marine zoologists are on hand to oversee the well-being of the animals.

Origin

mid 17th century: from modern Latin zoologia (see zoo-, -logy).

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