the branch of zoology dealing with reptiles and amphibians.

Origin of herpetology

1815–25; < Greek herpetó(n) a creeping thing (Compare hérpein to creep) + -logy; cf. serpent
Related formsher·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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Historical Examples of herpetologist

  • 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 herpetologist



the study of reptiles and amphibians
Derived Formsherpetologic (ˌhɜːpɪtəˈlɒdʒɪk) or herpetological, adjectiveherpetologically, adverbherpetologist, noun

Word Origin for herpetology

C19: from Greek herpeton creeping animal, from herpein to creep
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Word Origin and History for herpetologist



"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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Science definitions for herpetologist



The scientific study of reptiles and amphibians.
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