insect or insects: entomology
also, before a vowel, entom-
Origin of entomo-French ; from Classical Greek entoma (z?a), notched (animals), insects ; from entomos, cut, notched (; from en, in) + temnein, to cut (see -tomy); so named from their structure: see insect
Origin of entomo-French, from Greek entomon, from neuter of entomos, cut in two (from its segmented body), from entemnein, to cut up : en-, in; see en–2 + temnein, to cut; see tem- in Indo-European roots.
- Forming compound words with sense of insect.
Combining form of Ancient Greek ἔντομος (entomos, “dissected”) (the neuter plural of which, ἔντομα (entoma), was used to mean "insects").