the branch of zoology dealing with fishes.

Origin of ichthyology

First recorded in 1640–50; ichthyo- + -logy
Related formsich·thy·o·log·ic [ik-thee-uh-loj-ik] /ˌɪk θi əˈlɒdʒ ɪk/, ich·thy·o·log·i·cal, adjectiveich·thy·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbich·thy·ol·o·gist, noun
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Examples from the Web for ichthyologist

Historical Examples of ichthyologist

  • What would an ichthyologist say to Wilkins' definition of a salmon?

    The Life and Times of John Wilkins

    Patrick A. Wright-Henderson

  • Some ichthyologist may show a distinction without a difference.

    A Breeze from the Woods, 2nd Ed.

    William Chauncey Bartlett

  • There were at least fifteen different species which nothing short of an ichthyologist could enumerate correctly.

    Blown to Bits

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Your replacement, who calls himself an ichthyologist, has only one talent that pertains to fish—he drinks like one.


    Winston Marks

  • It was first described by the Cuban ichthyologist Poey, in 1860, from Cuban waters.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others

    James Alexander Henshall

British Dictionary definitions for ichthyologist



the study of the physiology, history, economic importance, etc, of fishes
Derived Formsichthyologic (ˌɪkθɪəˈlɒdʒɪk) or ichthyological, adjectiveichthyologically, adverbichthyologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for ichthyologist



1640s, Modern Latin, from Greek ikhthys "fish" + -ology. Related: Ichthyologist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ichthyologist in Science



The scientific study of fish.
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