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zoology

zo·ol·o·gy

zoology

 
pronunciation:
zu a l ji
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part of speech: noun
inflections: zoologies
definition 1: the science and study of animals.
She's studying zoology because she hopes to help save animal species someday.
definition 2: the animal life of a particular region.
The zoology of the Amazon is spectacular and varied.
definition 3: the characteristics of a particular animal group.
The team is studying the zoology of the orangutan.
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The word zoology is formed from zoion, an ancient Greek word that means "animal," and the suffix "-ology," which means "the study of."
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The word zoology contains the following parts:
-logy, -ology Greek noun-forming suffix that means study of, science of; written work; structure or principle
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The suffix -logy , -ology forms nouns from bases that are predominantly Greek roots. It is a terminal form of the root log, logo, -logue which in the vast majority cases signifies the study or science of the subject indicated by the base. In some words, however, -ology carries the meaning "written work" (trilogy ) or "structure" (homology ). See log, logo, -logue. Most nouns ending in -logy , -ology have an adjective form ending in "-ical." (dermatology , dermatological).
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aerobiology, aerology, agrobiology, analogy, anesthesiology, anthology, anthropology, apology, archeology, astrology, audiology, axiology, bacteriology, biology, bryology, cardiology, chronology, climatology, conchology, cosmetology, cosmology, craniology, criminology, cytology, demonology, dendrology, dermatology, doxology, ecology, Egyptology, embryology, endocrinology, entomology, enzymology, epistemology, ethnology, ethnomusicology, ethology, etiology, etymology, eulogy, exobiology, gemology, genealogy, geochronology, geology, geomorphology, gerontology, glaciology, graphology, gynecology, hagiology, hematology, herpetology, histology, homology, horology, hypnology, ichthyology, iconology, ideology, immunology, kinesiology, lithology, malacology, mammalogy, martyrology, methodology, microbiology, mineralogy, morphology, musicology, mycology, mythology, necrology, nephrology, neurology, numerology, oceanology, odontology, oenology, oncology, ontology, oology, ophiology, ornithology, osteology, otology, paleethnology, paleontology, parapsychology, pathology, penology, petrology, pharmacology, phenomenology, philology, phonology, phraseology, phrenology, physiology, pomology, primatology, proctology, psychology, psychopathology, psychopharmacology, radiobiology, radiology, scatology, seismology, serology, sexology, Sinology, sociobiology, sociology, somatology, speleology, symbology, symptomatology, tautology, technology, teleology, teratology, terminology, tetralogy, thanatology, theology, topology, trilogy, tropology, typology, urbanology, urology, virology, zoology, zymology
synonyms:
-ics