[ zoo ]
/ zu /
noun, plural zoos.
Also called zoological garden. a parklike area in which live animals are kept in cages or large enclosures for public exhibition.
Informal. a place, activity, or group marked by chaos or unrestrained behavior.
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Origin of zoo
First recorded in 1840–50; first two syllables of zoological garden taken as one syllable
Definition for zoo (2 of 2)
a combining form meaning “living being,” “animal,” used in the formation of compound words: zoometry; zooplankton.
Also especially before a vowel, zo-.
Origin of zoo-
Combining form representing Greek zôion animal
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British Dictionary definitions for zoo (1 of 2)
/ (zuː) /
noun plural zoos
a place where live animals are kept, studied, bred, and exhibited to the publicFormal term: zoological garden
Word Origin for zoo
C19: shortened from zoological gardens (originally applied to those in London)
British Dictionary definitions for zoo (2 of 2)
before a vowel zo-
Word Origin for zoo-
from Greek zōion animal
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Medical definitions for zoo
Animal; animal kingdom:zoonosis.
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Idioms and Phrases with zoo
see it's a zoo.
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