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[ik-thee-ol-uh-jee] /ˌɪk θiˈɒl ə dʒi/
the branch of zoology dealing with fishes.
Origin of ichthyology
First recorded in 1640-50; ichthyo- + -logy
Related forms
[ik-thee-uh-loj-ik] /ˌɪk θi əˈlɒdʒ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
ichthyological, adjective
ichthyologically, adverb
ichthyologist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for ichthyologist
Historical Examples
  • What would an ichthyologist say to Wilkins' definition of a salmon?

    The Life and Times of John Wilkins Patrick A. Wright-Henderson
  • Some ichthyologist may show a distinction without a difference.

    A Breeze from the Woods, 2nd Ed. William Chauncey Bartlett
  • There were at least fifteen different species which nothing short of an ichthyologist could enumerate correctly.

    Blown to Bits R.M. Ballantyne
  • Your replacement, who calls himself an ichthyologist, has only one talent that pertains to fish—he drinks like one.

    Tabby Winston Marks
  • It was first described by the Cuban ichthyologist Poey, in 1860, from Cuban waters.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • In general, the writer has drawn on his own experience as an ichthyologist, and with this on all the literature of the science.

  • From his description the ichthyologist Walbaum, in 1792, named it probatocephalus, which being translated means "sheep head."

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
British Dictionary definitions for ichthyologist


the study of the physiology, history, economic importance, etc, of fishes
Derived Forms
ichthyologic (ˌɪkθɪəˈlɒdʒɪk), ichthyological, adjective
ichthyologically, adverb
ichthyologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for ichthyologist



1640s, Modern Latin, from Greek ikhthys "fish" + -ology. Related: Ichthyologist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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ichthyologist in Science
The scientific study of fish.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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