zoosemiotics

[ zoh-uh-see-mee-ot-iks, -see-mahy-, -sem-ee-, -sem-ahy- ]
/ ˌzoʊ əˌsi miˈɒt ɪks, -ˌsi maɪ-, -ˌsɛm i-, -ˌsɛm aɪ- /

noun (used with a singular verb)

the study of the sounds and signals used in animal communication, as song in birds or tail-wagging in dogs.

Nearby words

  1. zoophyte,
  2. zooplankter,
  3. zooplankton,
  4. zooplasty,
  5. zoopraxiscope,
  6. zoosperm,
  7. zoosporangium,
  8. zoospore,
  9. zoosterol,
  10. zoot suit

Origin of zoosemiotics

First recorded in 1960–65; zoo- + semiotics

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