noun, plural zo·ol·o·gies.

the science or branch of biology dealing with animals.
a treatise on zoology.
the animal life of a particular region.

Origin of zoology

First recorded in 1660–70; zoo- + -logy
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Contemporary Examples of zoology

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Historical Examples of zoology

British Dictionary definitions for zoology


noun plural -gies

the study of animals, including their classification, structure, physiology, and history
the biological characteristics of a particular animal or animal group
the fauna characteristic of a particular region
a book, treatise, etc, dealing with any aspect of the study of animals
Derived Formszoological (ˌzəʊəˈlɒdʒɪkəl, ˌzuːə-), adjectivezoologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for zoology

1660s, from Modern Latin zoologia, from Greek zoion "animal" (see zoo) + -logia "study" (see -logy).

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zoology in Science


[zō-ŏlə-jē, zōō-ŏl-]

The scientific study of organisms in the kingdom Animalia, including their growth and structure.
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zoology in Culture



The scientific study and classification of animals. (See Linnean classification.)

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