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The scientific study of insects.
en′to·mo·log′ic (-mə-lŏj′ĭk), en′to·mo·log′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
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(Zoology) the branch of science concerned with the study of insects
entomological, ˌentomoˈlogic adj
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en•to•mol•o•gy(ˌɛn təˈmɒl ə dʒi)
the branch of zoology dealing with insects.
en`to•mo•log′i•cal (-məˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl) en`to•mo•log′ic, adj.
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The scientific study of insects.
Word History Scientists who study insects (there are close to a million that can be studied!) are called entomologists. Why are they not called "insectologists"? Well, in a way they are. The word insect comes from the Latin word insectum, meaning "cut up or divided into segments." (The plural of insectum, namely insecta, is used by scientists as the name of the taxonomic class that insects belong to.) This Latin word was created in order to translate the Greek word for "insect," which is entomon. This Greek word also literally means "cut up or divided into segments," and it is the source of the word entomology. The Greeks had coined this term for insects because of the clear division of insect bodies into three segments, now called the head, thorax, and abdomen.
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the branch of zoology that studies insects. Also called insectology. — entomologist, n. — entomologie, entomological, adj.See also: Insects
the study of insects. — entomologist, n. — entomologie, entomological, adj.See also: Zoology
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1. The study of insects.
2. Study of insects.
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caste - in some social insects (such as ants) a physically distinct individual or group of individuals specialized to perform certain functions in the colony
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entomology[ˌentəˈmɒlədʒɪ] N → entomología f
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entomology[ˌɛntəˈmɒlədʒi] n (= science) → entomologie f
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entomology[ˌɛntəˈmɒlədʒɪ] n → entomologia
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