Definition of herpetology in English:



mass noun
  • The branch of zoology concerned with reptiles and amphibians.

    • ‘The coverage of research is extensive enough that it should be useful to researchers, but the book is written for a more general audience making it suitable as a supplementary text for a general zoology or herpetology course.’
    • ‘In this example, the bibliographic file Florida Environments Online and the herpetology specimen database from the Florida Museum of Natural History were selected.’
    • ‘Breck continued research in herpetology, studying the natural history of Manitoba toads and spiny soft-shelled turtles.’
    • ‘‘Big Alligator River’ is a disjointed, plodding, tacky foray into pop herpetology.’
    • ‘‘Communication is also partly the function of coloration,’ Christopher Raxworthy, associate curator of herpetology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, wrote in an e-mail interview.’
    • ‘Sam Lee, assistant supervisor in the Bronx Zoo's department of herpetology, concurs, again based on personal experience.’
    • ‘But it's not the large size of boas that interests Auburn University herpetology graduate student Scott Boback.’
    • ‘‘It is an interesting approach to ensure survival,’ said Darrel Frost, curator in the department of herpetology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.’
    • ‘Big-eyed amphibians peer out from nearly every page of this collaborative effort by the curator of herpetology at the Bronx Zoo and the editor-in-chief of Wildlife Conservation magazine.’
    • ‘But Cuba's connections led elsewhere - to the Soviet Bloc - not fertile ground for tropical herpetology.’
    • ‘For me, this is the most stunning discovery in the field of herpetology during my lifetime. It's so utterly unexpected, so completely unexpected.’
    • ‘I don't know what else it would be used for, but in herpetology it is used for incubating reptile eggs.’
    • ‘According to the Wildlife Warden, V. Ganesan, the study of amphibians and reptiles, known as herpetology, had begun to attract the attention of biologists in the recent times.’
    • ‘The newsletter gives current developments in the world of herpetology in perspective, including the activity inside and outside the Crocodile Bank, says the Director of the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, Harry Andrews.’
    • ‘Curator of herpetology Andrew Gray said: ‘Our work here is essentially about ensuring we still have these species in the future.’’


Early 19th century: from Greek herpeton ‘reptile’ (from herpein ‘to creep’) + -logy.