1[mass noun] The scientific study of the behaviour, structure, physiology, classification, and distribution of animals.
- ‘In many ways this text also serves as an introduction to anatomy, zoology, nutrition, water chemistry and animal husbandry.’
- ‘He contributed an immense amount of research in vertebrate and invertebrate zoology and paleontology, and also wrote and lectured on the history of science.’
- ‘When the war ended, he was over 50, and instead of returning to mouse genetics he retreated into more general physiology and zoology.’
- ‘T H. Huxley, too, had an enormous influence on Morgan, training him in zoology when Morgan returned to London for postgraduate study not long after his geology degree.’
- ‘But the desire for a deeper understanding of the forest and its creatures led him back to Moscow to study zoology.’
- ‘Thus one school friend stopped our career master in his tracks by announcing that he planned to study zoology.’
- ‘Gene's studies in zoology began at age 15 at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.’
- ‘I did my doctorate in zoology, in very basic science - development and evolution.’
- ‘It explains and supports findings in scientific areas ranging from botany to zoology and embryology to neuroscience.’
- ‘Scientific botany and zoology dealt not with the dynamics of whole living organisms in the field but with dissection of fragments in the laboratory.’
- 1.1The animal life of a particular area or time.‘the zoology of Russia's vast interior’
- ‘While in a kibbutz, I saw a poster advertising a summer's program at Hebrew University in desert zoology, and I enrolled.’
Mid 17th century: from modern Latin zoologia (see zoo-, -logy).