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ophiology

[of-ee-ol-uh-jee, oh-fee-]
noun
  1. the branch of herpetology dealing with snakes.
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Origin of ophiology

1810–20; < Greek óphi(s) snake + -o- + -logy
Related formsoph·i·o·log·i·cal [of-ee-uh-loj-i-kuh l, oh-fee-] /ˌɒf i əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, ˌoʊ fi-/, oph·i·o·log·ic, adjectiveoph·i·ol·o·gist, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Ophiol′ogist, one versed in ophiology; Ophiol′ogy, the study of serpents; Oph′iomancy, divination by serpents.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 3 of 4: N-R)

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British Dictionary definitions for ophiology

ophiology

noun
  1. the branch of zoology that is concerned with the study of snakes
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Derived Formsophiological (ˌɒfɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveophiologist, noun

Word Origin

C19: from Greek ophis snake + -logy
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