zoology

If you're fascinated by monkey business or just love horsing around, you might consider a career in zoology — the scientific study of animals.

According to some usage experts, most of us mispronounce the word zoology. The first syllable of this noun is correctly pronounced with a long o sound, as in toe, rather than the "oo" in zoo. Yet our error is considered acceptable because if you're going to study animal life and behavior, one of the best places to do it is at the zoo.

Definitions of zoology
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n the branch of biology that studies animals

Synonyms:
zoological science
Types:
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bugology, entomology
the branch of zoology that studies insects
ethology
the branch of zoology that studies the behavior of animals in their natural habitats
herpetology
the branch of zoology concerned with reptiles and amphibians
ichthyology
the branch of zoology that studies fishes
malacology
the branch of zoology that studies the structure and behavior of mollusks
mammalogy
the branch of zoology that studies mammals
oology
the branch of zoology that studies eggs (especially birds' eggs and their size, shape, coloration, and number)
ornithology
the branch of zoology that studies birds
protozoology
the branch of zoology that studies protozoans
palaeozoology, paleozoology
the study of fossil animals
conchology, shell collecting
the collection and study of mollusc shells
lepidopterology, lepidoptery
the branch of entomology dealing with Lepidoptera
primatology
the branch of zoology that studies primates
paleomammalogy
the paleobiology of ancient mammals
palaeornithology, paleornithology
the paleobiology of birds
Type of:
biological science, biology
the science that studies living organisms

n all the animal life in a particular region or period

“the zoology of the Pliocene epoch”
Synonyms:
fauna
Antonyms:
botany, flora, vegetation
all the plant life in a particular region or period
Types:
avifauna
the birds of a particular region or period
Type of:
accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
several things grouped together or considered as a whole

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