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ornithology

[awr-nuh-thol-uh-jee] /ˌɔr nəˈθɒl ə dʒi/
noun
1.
the branch of zoology that deals with birds.
Origin of ornithology
1645-1655
From the New Latin word ornithologia, dating back to 1645-55. See ornitho-, -logy
Related forms
ornithological
[awr-nuh-thuh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌɔr nə θəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
ornithologic, adjective
ornithologically, adverb
ornithologist, noun
unornithological, adjective
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Examples from the Web for ornithological
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  • The ornithological world is peopled by two classes of human beings.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • I have never seen any mention of this in an ornithological treatise.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • Thus, quite unconsciously, was an ornithological fact elucidated.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • I do not know how I came to see them, for I was not in an ornithological frame of mind.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • In ornithological works it is described under the former of these names.

  • This story has found its way into some ornithological text-books.

  • They gave a sort of ornithological air to every errand I had to the barn.

    Birds and Poets John Burroughs
  • You must have a complete knowledge of ornithological anatomy.

    Wanderings in South America Charles Waterton
  • So, along with all the rest of the harmony-killers, I am saddled for life with this ornithological incubus.

    Bizarre Lawton Mackall
British Dictionary definitions for ornithological

ornithology

/ˌɔːnɪˈθɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the study of birds, including their physiology, classification, ecology, and behaviour
Derived Forms
ornithological (ˌɔːnɪθəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
ornithologically, adverb
ornithologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for ornithological
adj.

1802, from ornithology + -ical. Related: Ornithologically.

ornithology

n.

1670s, from Modern Latin ornithologia (1590s); see ornitho- + -logy.

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ornithological in Science
ornithology
  (ôr'nə-thŏl'ə-jē)   
The scientific study of birds.
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