The older pronunciation zoh-ol-ǝ-ji, favoured by OED editors and supposedly by zoologists themselves, has largely given way in general use to zoo-ol-ǝji (influenced by the common shortening zoo). Despite occasional complaints this form is likely to prevail.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Zoology — (from Greek ζῷον , zoon , animal + λόγος , logos , knowledge ) is the branch of biology concerned with the study of animals.NameThe pronunciation of zoology is IPA|/zoʊˈɑləʤɪ/; however, an alternative pronunciation is IPA|/zuˈɑləʤɪ/.cite web |url …   Wikipedia

  • Zoology — o*[ o]l o*gy, n.; pl. {Zo[ o]logies}. [Zo[ o] + logy: cf. F. zoologie. See {Zodiac}.] [1913 Webster] 1. That part of biology which relates to the animal kingdom, including the structure, embryology, evolution, classification, habits, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • zoology — (n.) 1660s, from Mod.L. zoologia, from Gk. zoion animal (see ZOO (Cf. zoo)) + logia study (see LOGY (Cf. logy)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • zoology — ► NOUN 1) the scientific study of the behaviour, structure, physiology, classification, and distribution of animals. 2) the animal life of a particular region or geological period. DERIVATIVES zoological adjective zoologically adverb zoologist… …   English terms dictionary

  • zoology — [zō äl′ə jē; ] often [ zo͞oäl′ə jē] n. [ModL zoologia: see ZOO & LOGY] 1. the branch of biology that deals with animals, their life, structure, growth, classification, etc. 2. the animal life of an area; fauna 3. the characteristics or properties …   English World dictionary

  • zoology — /zoh ol euh jee/, n., pl. zoologies. 1. the science or branch of biology dealing with animals. 2. a treatise on zoology. 3. the animal life of a particular region. [1660 70; ZOO + LOGY] * * * Branch of biology concerned with members of the animal …   Universalium

  • zoology — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. life science, science of organisms, biological science, natural history; see biology , life 1 , natural science . Branches of zoology include: histology, embryology, endocrinology, cytology, physiology, evolution, human… …   English dictionary for students

  • Zoology — (Roget s Thesaurus) >The science of animals. < N PARAG:Zoology >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 zoology zoology zoonomy zoography zootomy Sgm: N 1 anatomy anatomy Sgm: N 1 comparative anatomy comparative anatomy Sgm: N 1 animal physiology animal… …   English dictionary for students

  • zoology — UK [zuˈɒlədʒɪ] / US [zoʊˈɑlədʒɪ] / US [zuˈɑlədʒɪ] noun [uncountable] the scientific study of animals the department of zoology a zoology degree …   English dictionary

  • zoology — Natural Nat u*ral (?; 135), a. [OE. naturel, F. naturel, fr. L. naturalis, fr. natura. See {Nature}.] 1. Fixed or determined by nature; pertaining to the constitution of a thing; belonging to native character; according to nature; essential;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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