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ornithology

[awr-nuh-thol-uh-jee]
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noun
  1. the branch of zoology that deals with birds.

Origin of ornithology

From the New Latin word ornithologia, dating back to 1645–55. See ornitho-, -logy
Related formsor·ni·tho·log·i·cal [awr-nuh-thuh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌɔr nə θəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, or·ni·tho·log·ic, adjectiveor·ni·tho·log·i·cal·ly, adverbor·ni·thol·o·gist, nounun·or·ni·tho·log·i·cal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for ornithology

Historical Examples

  • June, of all the months, the student of ornithology can least afford to lose.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866

    Various

  • And 'tis this freak of ornithology They mean who say, "A little bird told me."

    A Phenomenal Fauna

    Carolyn Wells

  • The song of the nightingale is the deadliest known to ornithology.

    Following the Equator, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • This kind of familiarity with birds has no necessary connection with ornithology.

    Birds in the Bush

    Bradford Torrey

  • The "Contributions" are devoted to the various departments of Ornithology.


British Dictionary definitions for ornithology

ornithology

noun
  1. the study of birds, including their physiology, classification, ecology, and behaviour
Derived Formsornithological (ˌɔːnɪθəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveornithologically, adverbornithologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for ornithology

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ornithology in Science

ornithology

[ôr′nə-thŏlə-jē]
  1. The scientific study of birds.
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