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 (zō-ŏl′ə-jē, zo͞o-)
n. pl. zo·ol·o·gies
1. The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.
2. The animal life of a particular area or period: the zoology of Alaska; the zoology of the Pleistocene.
3. The characteristics of a particular animal group or category: the zoology of mammals.
4. A book or scholarly work on zoology.

zo·ol′o·gist n.
Usage Note: Traditionally, the first syllable of zoology has been pronounced as (zō), rhyming with toe. However, most likely due to the familiarity of the word zoo (which is merely a shortened form of zoological garden), the pronunciation of the first syllable as (zo͞o) is also commonly heard. In 1999, 88 percent of the Panelists found the (zō-) pronunciation acceptable, and 60 percent found the (zo͞o-) pronunciation acceptable, with 68 percent using the (zō-) pronunciation and 32 percent using the (zo͞o-) pronunciation in their own speech. Thus, while both pronunciations can be considered acceptable, the (zō-) pronunciation may be perceived as more scientific.


(zoʊˈɒl ə dʒɪst)

a specialist in zoology.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.zoologist - a specialist in the branch of biology dealing with animalszoologist - a specialist in the branch of biology dealing with animals
biologist, life scientist - (biology) a scientist who studies living organisms
bug-hunter, bugologist, entomologist - a zoologist who studies insects
ethologist - a zoologist who studies the behavior of animals in their natural habitats
herpetologist - a zoologist who studies reptiles and amphibians
ichthyologist - a zoologist who studies fishes
malacologist - a zoologist specializing in the study of mollusks
mammalogist - one skilled in the study of mammals
bird watcher, ornithologist - a zoologist who studies birds
protozoologist - a zoologist who studies protozoans
عالِم حَيواني
hayvan bilginizoolog


[zəʊˈɒlədʒɪst] Nzoólogo/a m/f


[zuːˈɒlədʒɪst zəʊˈɒlədʒɪst] nzoologiste mf


nZoologe m, → Zoologin f


[zəʊˈɒlədʒɪst] nzoologo/a


(zuˈolədʒi) noun
the scientific study of animals.
ˌzooˈlogical (zuəˈlo-) adjective
ˌzooˈlogically (-ˈlo-) adverb
zoˈologist noun
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To be a zoologist you should be interested in animals and the environment, plus have an aptitude for sciences, particularly biology and chemistry.
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