One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who produces descriptions of animals and their characteristics; a descriptive zoologist; (in later use) especially a zoogeographer.
2A painter or artist who specializes in depictions of animals or living creatures. Also (chiefly with specific allusion to ancient Greek or Latin): a painter or artist in general. Compare zoography. Now rare.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Browne (1605–1682), physician and author. From zoo- + -grapher.
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