See also animals; biology; birds; bulls and bullfighting; butterflies; cats; cocks; dogs; fish; horses; insects; organisms; reptiles; snakes; wolves; worms.
a division of zoology that studies mites and ticks. —acarologist
the branch of zoology that studies amphibians. —amphibiological
a branch of zoology that studies spiders and other arachnids. Also called arachnidology, araneology
the branch of zoology that studies crustaceans. —carcinologist
the study of whales. —cetologist
the state or condition of being united by growth. —coadunate
the branch of zoology that studies scales, mealy bugs, and other members of the family Coccidea.
the branch of zoology that studies the shells of mollusks. Also called malacology
the branch of zoology that studies crustaceans.
the branch of zoology that studies the dog, especially its natural history.
the branch of zoology that studies echinoderms.
the study of insects. —entomologist
, entomological, adj.
development of an organism or form of animal life in which body segmentation is complete before hatching. —epimorphic
the practice of certain animals of sleeping throughout the summer. Cf. hibernation
reproduction by budding. See also botany
the practice of certain animals of sleeping throughout the winter. Cf. estivation
the state or quality of being invertebrate or without a backbone, as certain organisms, animals, etc; hence, spinelessness; exhibiting a lack of strength of character. —invertebrate
the branch of entomology that studies butterflies. —lepidopterologist, lepidopterist
the branch of zoology that studies mammals. —mammalogist
a change or succession of changes in form during the life cycle of an animal, allowing it to adapt to different environmental conditions, as a caterpillar into a butterfly.
the branch of zoology that studies birds. —ornithologist
the branch of zoology that studies the mammals of past geologic ages.
selective breeding to develop strains with particular characteristics. —stirpicultural
a system of naming things, as plants or animals. —taxonomist
animals whose young are bom live, as mammals. —viviparity
the study of the geographical distribution of animals.
the study of the causes, effects, and other relations involved in such distributions. —zoogeographer
the laws of animal life or the animal kingdom. —zoonomist
the study or science of the diseases of animals; animal pathology. Also zoopathy.
the physiology of animals, as distinct from that of humans.
the branch of zoology concerned with the zoophytes. —zoophytological
zoological classification; the scientific classification of animals.