Origin of entomology
Examples from the Web for entomology
Home economics is not one "department" or subject, in the sense in which dairying or entomology or plant-breeding is a department.The Country-Life Movement in the United States|L.H. Bailey
The third, which is on spiders, is not less esteemed in entomology.
Entomology—a swallow tail had been obtained, but the president going to a dress party, had got the loan of it.Yorkshire Ditties, First Series|John Hartley
Let me put it, then, that entomology as a pursuit sternly represses frivolousness.The Silent Barrier|Louis Tracy
The economic importance of the study of entomology can scarcely be overestimated.Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting|William T. Hornaday
1766, from French entomologie (1764), coined from Greek entomon "insect" + -logia "study of" (see -logy). Entomon is neuter of entomos "having a notch or cut (at the waist)," from en "in" (see en- (2)) + temnein "to cut" (see tome).
So called by Aristotle in reference to the segmented division of insect bodies. Compare insect. Related: Entomological. Hybrid insectology (1766, from French insectologie, 1744) is not much used.
I have given the name insectology to that part of natural history which has insects for its object; that of entomology ... would undoubtedly have been more suitable ... but its barbarous sound terryfy'd me. [Charles Bonnet's English translation of his "Contemplation de la nature," 1766]
Scientists who study insects (there are close to a million that can be studied!) are called entomologists. Why are they not called insectologists? Well, in a way they are. The word insect comes from the Latin word insectum, meaning cut up or divided into segments. (The plural of insectum, namely insecta, is used by scientists as the name of the taxonomic class that insects belong to.) This Latin word was created in order to translate the Greek word for insect, which is entomon. This Greek word also literally means cut up or divided into segments, and it is the source of the word entomology. The Greeks had coined this term for insects because of the clear division of insect bodies into three segments, now called the head, thorax, and abdomen.