zoology[zō äl′ə jē; often zo̵̅o̅-]
Zoology is defined as the scientific study of animals.
Facts About Zoology
- A person who studies zoology is known as a zoologist.
- The study of zoology is a vast field, and there are many individual fields of zoology that a person can specialize in rather than holding a general degree as a zoologist.
- A zoologist who specializes in the study of fish is called a zoologist, but is properly known as an ichthyologist. A zoologist whose primary focus is the study of mammals would technically be a mammalogist.
- There is evidence to suggest that zoology has existed since the time of Ancient Greece and Aristotle.
- Darwin’s theory of evolution improved the study of zoology in leaps and bounds and was the beginning of modern day zoology.
A course that teaches about the biology of animals is an example of zoology.
- the branch of biology that deals with animals, their life, structure, growth, classification, etc.
- the animal life of an area; fauna
- the characteristics or properties of an animal or animal group
Origin of zoologyModern Latin zoologia: see zoo- and amp; -logy
- The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.
- The animal life of a particular area or period: the zoology of Alaska; the zoology of the Pleistocene.
- The characteristics of a particular animal group or category: the zoology of mammals.
- A book or scholarly work on zoology.
From Ancient Greek ζῷον (zōon, “animal”) + λόγος (logos, “knowledge”)