Definition of entomology in English:



mass noun
  • The branch of zoology concerned with the study of insects.

    • ‘His early interest in entomology was extended to ornithology after his arrival in the colony, and he sent many specimens back to England.’
    • ‘Years ago I often dabbled in entomology, but do not recall ever keeping records of sweep net catches - we just picked out the interesting specimens and shook the rest free.’
    • ‘Forensic entomology, the study of the insects associated with human corpses, is used to establish the elapsed time since death in murder cases.’
    • ‘Anyone interested in lepidoptera, entomology, natural history, and probably even art and photography will enjoy the photographs.’
    • ‘Self-taught in macrophotography and entomology, he specializes in documenting the social life of ants, wasps, and bees.’
    • ‘He has done post-doctoral research in entomology, molecular biology and genetic engineering, in some of the top universities in Germany, Switzerland and the United States.’
    • ‘The trend is clear - acronyms will not only not go away, they will infiltrate all areas of biology, including entomology.’
    • ‘Studies aimed at prolonging the lifespan of insects don't figure prominently in most entomology programs, the vast majority of which have exactly the opposite goal.’
    • ‘Some of this concern was evident in his views of entomology, a science which he described as the study of ‘our fellow-creatures of the insect race.’’
    • ‘As he points out, entomology had become a social, even a fashionable pursuit by the early 1700s.’
    • ‘In 1936, he joined the faculty of Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, where he taught ornithology, entomology, and comparative anatomy until 1953.’
    • ‘At Indiana, he studied entomology under Alfred Kinsey, later famous for his work on sexology.’
    • ‘Together, we have expertise in several areas, including cloning, genetics, biology, entomology, and virology.’
    • ‘A large team can now be involved in investigations and she can draw on the expertise of many forensic specialists in anthropology, dentistry and even entomology (the study of insects).’
    • ‘He later wrote, ‘It was this early and much esteemed friend who first developed my taste for entomology, and stimulated me to cultivate it.’’
    • ‘In addition to her academic work, Rebecca has taught introductory biology, zoology, and entomology labs.’
    • ‘The authors have combined their experience in entomology, weed science, and nematology/plant pathology to organize this textbook into 20 logically sequenced chapters.’
    • ‘Conducted by researchers from Pennsylvania State University's entomology department, the study will be reported tomorrow in the journal Nature.’
    • ‘Together the team members contribute a wealth of resources, including expertise in cloning, genetics, entomology, and plant biology and pathology.’
    • ‘The book also describes different areas of scientific study, including entomology (the study of insects).’


Mid 18th century: from French entomologie or modern Latin entomologia, from Greek entomon (denoting an insect) + -logia (see -logy).