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The branch of zoology that deals with whales, dolphins, and porpoises.
- ‘Besides that, I absolutely enjoyed this book edited by the greatest minds of cetology of our time.’
- ‘Ishmael ends the discussion of cetology by saying that his classification system can't easily be perfected, like all great works, it will remain unfinished.’
- ‘In his discourse on cetology, Ishmael describes himself in passing as ‘an American whaleman’.’
- ‘Much of cetology still demands some exploitation of cetaceans, and the more respect you have for them the less easy it is to use them.’
- ‘For the most part, these chapters on cetology are not dull, dry, tedious accounts.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin cetus whale (see Cetacea) + -logy.
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