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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.
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(Zoology) the branch of zoology concerned with the study of whales (cetaceans)
[C19: from Latin cētus whale]
cetological adj
ceˈtologist n
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(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.
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the study of whales. — cetologist, n.cetological, adj.
See also: Biology
the study of whales. — cetologist, n.
See also: Zoology
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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.
Nevertheless, though of real knowledge there be little, yet of books there are a plenty; and so in some small degree, with cetology, or the science of whales.
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. Now, then, come the grand divisions of the entire whale host.
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?
Barry Moser's too wood engravings for the imposing Arion Press edition of 1979 (which was priced at $1,000, in an edition of 265) take up the classificatory urge of Moby-Dick's chapters on cetology, for example, providing an illustrated glossary of whaleboats, ship's gear, marine species and whale anatomy --from prawns to the whale's penis (Fig.
Vividly illustrated information about cetology, ecology, technology, and maritime history engages readers with thoughtful clarity and empathy.
Koestler there quotes, with appropriate acknowledgment, the concluding utterance of the cetology chapter of Moby-Dick, thereby linking himself playfully to Ishmael: "God keep me from ever completing anything.
Environmentalist groups had repeatedly coopted cetology's acoustical researches, leading to erroneous public claims that "scientists were becoming convinced that whales are...
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