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The zoology of whales and related aquatic mammals.

[Latin cētus, whale; see Cetus + -logy.]

ce′to·log′i·cal (sēt′l-ŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
ce·tol′o·gist n.


(Zoology) the branch of zoology concerned with the study of whales (cetaceans)
[C19: from Latin cētus whale]
cetological adj
ceˈtologist n


(siˈtɒl ə dʒi)

the branch of zoology dealing with whales and dolphins.
[1850–55; < Greek kêto(s) whale + -logy]
ce•to•log•i•cal (ˌsit lˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl) adj.
ce•tol′o•gist, n.


the study of whales. — cetologist, n.cetological, adj.
See also: Biology
the study of whales. — cetologist, n.
See also: Zoology


A branch of zoology that deals with the study of whales and other cetaceans.
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No branch of Zoology is so much involved as that which is entitled Cetology, says Captain Scoresby, A.
My object here is simply to project the draught of a systematization of cetology.
first: the uncertain, unsettled condition of this science of Cetology is in the very vestibule attested by the fact, that in some quarters it still remains a moot point whether a whale be a fish.
Hence, all the smaller, spouting, and horizontal tailed fish must be included in this ground-plan of Cetology.
In connexion with this appellative of Whalebone whales , it is of great importance to mention, that however such a nomenclature may be convenient in facilitating allusions to some kind of whales, yet it is in vain to attempt a clear classification of the Leviathan, founded upon either his baleen, or hump, or fin, or teeth; notwithstanding that those marked parts or features very obviously seem better adapted to afford the basis for a regular system of Cetology than any other detached bodily distinctions, which the whale, in his kinds, presents.
But as these pig-fish are a nosy, contemptible set, mostly lurking in the mouths of rivers, and feeding on wet hay, and especially as they do not spout, I deny their credentials as whales; and have presented them with their passports to quit the kingdom of Cetology.
As the external difference between them is mainly observable in their heads; and as a head of each is this moment hanging from the Pequod's side; and as we may freely go from one to the other, by merely stepping across the deck: --where, I should like to know, will you obtain a better chance to study practical cetology than here?
For tourist promoters keen to enlist cetology into their education efforts, Ford's classifications facilitated the projection of environmental identity onto the whale identification act--a nominally "non-musical" gesture rendered aesthetic by its context.
In sections on world-making, love stories, arts, and communities, they consider such topics as Gospel cetology, phenomenology beyond the phantom limb: Melvillean figuration and chronic pain, a final appearance with Elihu Vedder: Melville's visions, Bartleby's screen, and desertscapes: geological politics in Clarell.
No capitulo intitulado Cetology (Cetologia)--ramo da zoologia que se ocupa dos cetaceos--, por exemplo, Ishmael declara que
why it is a whale of a book, in medias res, refusing category, fusing adventure tale with cetology, the tale of the Demos at sea, high Faustian drama dismantling plot, narrative (why should we call him Ishmael and where does he go until he lands on the coffin?
Moby Dick is a writing of the same rank and nature--a book of truths uttered in the "awful" cuneiform hieroglyphic Babylonian/Chaldean dialect of "gospel cetology.