Zoo definition

zo͝o
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A place where wild animals are kept for public showing.
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A collection of wild animals.
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Animal; animal kingdom.

Zoography.

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Zoology and.

Zoogeography.

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A park or an institution in which living animals are kept and usually exhibited to the public.
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The zoo is a place where animals are kept so that people may come and see them.

The San Diego Zoo is a famous example of a zoo.

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The definition of a zoo is defined as a place that is hectic and lacking order.

An elementary school playground is an example of a zoo.

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A park where live animals are exhibited.
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(figuratively) Any place that is wild, crowded, or chaotic.

The shopping center was a zoo the week before Christmas.

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(slang) A place or situation marked by confusion or disorder.

The bus station is a zoo on Fridays.

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Motile.

Zoospore.

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(slang) A place, or the people in that place, variously regarded as lacking order, discipline, refinement, etc.
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Animal, animals.

Zoology.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
zoo
Plural:
zoos

Origin of zoo

  • Gr zōo- < zōon, zōion, an animal: see bio-

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Greek zōo-, zōio- from zōion living being gwei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Short for zoological garden

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Shortened form of zoological garden, and now the usual form. See zoology.

    From Wiktionary