zoology

See also: zoölogy

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek ζῷον (zôion, animal) + λόγος (lógos, knowledge). Analyzable as zoo- +‎ -logy

PronunciationEdit

  • enPR: zō-ŏl′-ə-jē, zo͞o-ŏl′-ə-jē
  • (UK) IPA(key): /zəʊˈɒlədʒi/, /zuːˈɒlədʒi/
  • (US) IPA(key): /zoʊˈɑlədʒi/, /zuˈɑlədʒi/
  • Rhymes: -ɒlədʒi

NounEdit

zoology (countable and uncountable, plural zoologies)

  1. The part of biology relating to the animal kingdom, including the structure, embryology, evolution, classification, habits, and distribution of all animals, both living and extinct.
  2. A treatise on this science.

Usage notesEdit

The pronunciation in /zu-/ has often received negative comment, but has nevertheless become very common, especially in British English.

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