See also: zoölogy

English Edit

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Etymology Edit

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

Pronunciation Edit

  • enPR: zō-ŏl′-ə-jē, zo͞o-ŏl′-ə-jē
  • (UK) IPA(key): /zəʊˈɒlədʒi/, /zuːˈɒləd͡ʒi/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /zoʊˈɑləd͡ʒi/, /zuˈɑləd͡ʒi/
  • Rhymes: -ɒlədʒi

Noun Edit

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 notes Edit

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

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