herpetology [hur-pi- tol- uh-jee] Examples Word Origin See more synonyms for herpetology on Thesaurus.com the branch of zoology dealing with reptiles and amphibians. Origin of herpetology 1815–25;
) a creeping thing (Compare
to creep) +
serpent Related forms her·pe·to·log·ic , [hur-pi-tl- oj-ik] /ˌhɜr pɪ tlˈɒdʒ ɪk/ her·pe·to·log·i·cal, adjective her·pe·to·log·i·cal·ly, adverb her·pe·tol·o·gist, noun
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Examples from the Web for herpetologist Historical Examples A herpetologist might have envied me the hour I spent upon that log in the company of Gabriel the Bambarra. He would be a physiologist or a biologist or an anatomist or even a herpetologist, but none should call him “scientist.” British Dictionary definitions for herpetologist the study of reptiles and amphibians Derived Forms herpetologic ( ˌhɜːpɪtəˈlɒdʒɪk) or herpetological, adjective herpetologically, adverb herpetologist, noun Word Origin
C19: from Greek
herpeton creeping animal, from herpein to creep
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Word Origin and History for herpetologist herpetology n.
"study of reptiles," 1816, from French
herpétologie (18c.), coined from Greek herpeton "reptile," literally "creeping thing," from herpein "to creep" (see serpent) + logia (see -logy). Related: Herpetologist.
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herpetology [hûr′pĭ-tŏl ′ə-jē] The scientific study of reptiles and amphibians.
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