If you are crazy about spiders, ants, beetles, and other creepy-crawlies, you might aspire to be an entomologist someday — a scientist who studies insects.

An entomologist is a specific type of zoologist, or animal scientist. While other zoologists might focus on mammals or reptiles, entomologists are fascinated with the most prolific organisms on earth — insects. Some entomologists classify and study species, while others are certified to be pest control experts, helping people battle bugs like cockroaches and termites in their homes. The Greek word entomon, or "insect," is at the root of entomologist.

Definitions of entomologist
  1. noun
    a zoologist who studies insects
    synonyms: bug-hunter, bugologist
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    Edward Osborne Wilson
    United States entomologist who has generalized from social insects to other animals including humans (born in 1929)
    butterfly collector, lepidopterist, lepidopterologist
    an entomologist who specializes in the collection and study of butterflies and moths
    type of:
    animal scientist, zoologist
    a specialist in the branch of biology dealing with animals
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