One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of or relating to the depiction or representation of animals or living creatures in general; (sometimes more generally) pictorial; representative. Compare zoography. Now rare.
2Of or relating to the description of animals and their characteristics. In later use especially: of or relating to (the study of) the geographical distribution of animals.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in William Warburton (1698–1779), bishop of Gloucester and religious controversialist. From zoography + -ic.
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