Definition of zoological in US English:



  • 1Relating to zoology.

    ‘zoological classification’
    • ‘Cornelia is in a unique position to highlight the nuclear issue as she worked as a zoological illustrator for 25 years during which time she visually recorded laboratory-induced insect mutations.’
    • ‘Some items have survived in zoological institutes and natural history museums in Saint Petersburg, Stockholm, and Amsterdam, as well as in the British Museum in London.’
    • ‘At this time, because the main taxonomic criteria were skeletal, there was no discrepancy between zoological and paleontological classifications.’
    • ‘The four phyla discussed here have not found their established positions in the zoological system.’
    • ‘Like botanic gardens, zoos were designed for the collection and study of species according to scientific principles; indeed many botanic gardens introduced zoological exhibits in the late nineteenth century.’
    • ‘Work done in France from 1793-1830 established the study of comparative anatomy, paleontology, morphology, and what many see as the structure of modern zoological taxonomy.’
    • ‘Because the rules of zoological nomenclature indicate that the name of the superfamily has to be derived from the oldest family name, the superfamily name Cirroidea must be replaced by the Porcellioidea.’
    • ‘He spent several months fitting out a state-of-the-art zoological laboratory on board the ship before boarding it in preparation for departure at Sheerness in November 1872.’
    • ‘In so doing, measures of physiological variables continue to offer fresh insights into other fields of zoological research, and so bring about new intercourse between physiological-ecology and other disciplines.’
    • ‘Classification and physiological research dominated the zoological and botanical sciences in his time.’
    1. 1.1 Relating to animals.
      ‘eighty zoological woodcuts’
      • ‘The green-eyed monster of budget constraints is, pardon the mixed zoological metaphor, the monkey that rides the back of many a theatre producer.’
      • ‘Displaying exotic people and animals as representatives of a racial and zoological hierarchy, circuses helped popularize scientific theories concerning racial difference.’
      • ‘An entire cable channel is devoted to animals, and zoological documentaries appear frequently on other networks.’
      • ‘In a previous life, I was a camp counsellor and I had heard rumours about some cats (in the jazz rather than the zoological sense) who had set up camp in the trees around campus.’
      • ‘With Nick Park as a co-director, Aardman has gone on to achieve phenomenal Oscar-winning success with Creature Comforts, the famous zoological vox pops and the unforgettable, Wallace and Gromit.’
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