Origin of zoo
Other definitions for zoo (2 of 2)
Origin of zoo-
WORDS THAT USE ZOO-
What does zoo- mean?
The combining form zoo– is used like a prefix meaning “living being” or “animal.” It is often used in scientific terms, especially in biology.
The form zoo– comes from Greek zôion, meaning “animal.”
What are variants of zoo-?
When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, zoo– becomes zo–, as in zooid.
When combined as a suffix, zoo– becomes –zoa or –zoon, as in protozoa or ectozoon. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles for zo-, -zoa, and -zoon.
Examples of zoo-
An example of a word you may have encountered that features zoo– is zoology, “the science or branch of biology dealing with animals.”
We know zoo– means “animal,” and the –logy portion of the word refers to “science,” from Greek logía. Zoology literally translates to “animal science.”
The word zoo is ultimately shortened from zoological garden; zoological is the adjective form of zoology.
What are some words that use the combining form zoo-?
What are some other forms that zoo– may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that begins with the exact letters zoo– or zo-, such as zoom or zooty, is necessarily using either combining form to denote “animal.” Learn why zooty means “flamboyant” at our entry for the word.
How to use zoo in a sentence
Triplet panda cubs born this past July were reunited with their mother, Juxiao, in a Chinese zoo this week.‘Sexual’ Barbershop Quartet, a Panda Family Reunion, and More Viral Videos|The Daily Beast Video|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She worked with wildlife as a volunteer in Peru and the Galapagos; she worked with elephants in Thailand, at a zoo in Australia.Let’s Free Stacey Addison, The Oregon Woman Jailed at the Ends of the Earth|Christopher Dickey|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They asked the director of the Buffalo Zoo for some wallaby hair.Ebola's Roots Are 50 Times Older Than Mankind. And That Could Be the Key to Stopping It.|Michael Daly|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The zoo is blessed with multiple wallabies and was happy to oblige.Ebola's Roots Are 50 Times Older Than Mankind. And That Could Be the Key to Stopping It.|Michael Daly|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I can appreciate the perspective that my experience is akin to visiting a human zoo.Cocaine, Politicians and Wives: Inside the World’s Most Bizarre Prison|Jason Batansky|October 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I remember him saying once—it was at the Zoo—what a pity it was he hadn't enough to divide among the whole Cabinet.First Plays|A. A. Milne
Human resemblances at the Zoo are quite enough to call up this purely functional giggling.In Accordance with the Evidence|Oliver Onions
Did you ever see the great python that died lately at the Zoo climb his ragged staff of a tree?Mushroom Town|Oliver Onions
There are any number of different kinds of monkeys, as you can see any day in the monkey house at the Zoo.The Animal Story Book|Various
We caught the papa in a trap after he had killed a number of grouse, and not being badly hurt, I sent him to Bartlett at the Zoo.Our Cats and All About Them|Harrison Weir
British Dictionary definitions for zoo (1 of 2)
Word Origin for zoo
British Dictionary definitions for zoo (2 of 2)
before a vowel zo-
Word Origin for zoo-
Other Idioms and Phrases with zoo
see it's a zoo.