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herpetology

[ hur-pi-tol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌhɜr pɪˈtɒl ə dʒi /
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noun
the branch of zoology dealing with reptiles and amphibians.
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Origin of herpetology

1815–25; <Greek herpetó(n) a creeping thing (Compare hérpein to creep) + -logy; cf. serpent

OTHER WORDS FROM herpetology

her·pe·to·log·ic [hur-pi-tl-oj-ik], /ˌhɜr pɪ tlˈɒdʒ ɪk/, her·pe·to·log·i·cal, adjectiveher·pe·to·log·i·cal·ly, adverbher·pe·tol·o·gist, noun
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How to use herpetology in a sentence

  • An experienced herpetologist would not fail to find many evidences of age in this huge reptile.

    Omphalos|Philip Henry Gosse
  • A herpetologist might have envied me the hour I spent upon that log in the company of Gabriel the Bambarra.

    The Quadroon|Mayne Reid
  • 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 herpetology

herpetology
/ (ˌhɜːpɪˈtɒlədʒɪ) /

noun
the study of reptiles and amphibians

Derived forms of herpetology

herpetologic (ˌhɜːpɪtəˈlɒdʒɪk) or herpetological, adjectiveherpetologically, adverbherpetologist, noun

Word Origin for herpetology

C19: from Greek herpeton creeping animal, from herpein to creep
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Scientific definitions for herpetology

herpetology
[ hûr′pĭ-tŏlə-jē ]

The scientific study of reptiles and amphibians.
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