ornithology

[ awr-nuh-thol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌɔr nəˈθɒl ə dʒi /
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noun

the branch of zoology that deals with birds.

Nearby words

  1. ornithodoros,
  2. ornithoid,
  3. ornithol.,
  4. ornithological,
  5. ornithologist,
  6. ornithomancy,
  7. ornithophilous,
  8. ornithophily,
  9. ornithopod,
  10. ornithopter

Origin of ornithology

From the New Latin word ornithologia, dating back to 1645–55. See ornitho-, -logy

Related formsor·ni·tho·log·i·cal [awr-nuh-thuh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌɔr nə θəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, or·ni·tho·log·ic, adjectiveor·ni·tho·log·i·cal·ly, adverbor·ni·thol·o·gist, nounun·or·ni·tho·log·i·cal, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for ornithology

ornithology

/ (ˌɔːnɪˈθɒlədʒɪ) /

noun

the study of birds, including their physiology, classification, ecology, and behaviour
Derived Formsornithological (ˌɔːnɪθəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveornithologically, adverbornithologist, noun

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Word Origin and History for ornithology

ornithology

n.

1670s, from Modern Latin ornithologia (1590s); see ornitho- + -logy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for ornithology

ornithology

[ ôr′nə-thŏlə-jē ]

The scientific study of birds.
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