[ zoh-ol-uh-jee ]
/ zoʊˈɒl ə dʒi /

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.



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Origin of zoology

First recorded in 1660–70; zoo- + -logy
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British Dictionary definitions for zoology

/ (zəʊˈɒlədʒɪ, zuː-) /

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 forms of zoology

zoological (ˌzəʊəˈlɒdʒɪkəl, ˌzuːə-), adjectivezoologist, noun
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Scientific definitions for zoology

[ zō-ŏlə-jē, zōō-ŏl- ]

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

[ (zoh-ol-uh-jee) ]

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

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