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 Dictionary entry overview: What does zoology mean? 

ZOOLOGY (noun)
  The noun ZOOLOGY has 2 senses:

1. all the animal life in a particular region or period
2. the branch of biology that studies animals

  Familiarity information: ZOOLOGY used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

ZOOLOGY (noun)

Sense 1zoology [BACK TO TOP]


All the animal life in a particular region or period

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects


fauna; zoology

Context examples:

the fauna of China / the zoology of the Pliocene epoch

Hypernyms ("zoology" is a kind of...):

accumulation; aggregation; assemblage; collection (several things grouped together or considered as a whole)

Meronyms (members of "zoology"):

animal group (a group of animals)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "zoology"):

avifauna (the birds of a particular region or period)

Holonyms ("zoology" is a member of...):

biology; biota (all the plant and animal life of a particular region)

Sense 2zoology [BACK TO TOP]


The branch of biology that studies animals

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


zoological science; zoology

Hypernyms ("zoology" is a kind of...):

biological science; biology (the science that studies living organisms)

Domain member category:

filariid (of or relating to or belonging to the family Filariidae)

alular (pertaining to alulae)

cold-blooded (having cold blood (in animals whose body temperature is not internally regulated))

warm-blooded (having warm blood (in animals whose body temperature is internally regulated))

ovoviviparous (producing living young from eggs that hatch within the body)

oviparous (egg-laying)

live-bearing; viviparous (producing living young (not eggs))

invertebrate; spineless (lacking a backbone or spinal column)

vertebrate (having a backbone or spinal column)

bivalve; bivalved (used of mollusks having two shells (as clams etc.))

ambulacral (pertaining to the ambulacra of radial echinoderms)

anguine (of or related to or resembling a snake)

annelid; annelidan (relating to or belonging to or characteristic of any worms of the phylum Annelida)

carangid (of or relating to fish of the family Carangidae)

canine (of or relating to or characteristic of members of the family Canidae)

avian (pertaining to or characteristic of birds)

artiodactyl; artiodactylous; even-toed (of or relating to or belonging to mammals of the order Artiodactyla)

arthropodal; arthropodan; arthropodous (of or relating to invertebrates of the phylum Arthropoda)

araneidal; araneidan (relating to or resembling a spider)

arachnidian; arachnoid; spiderlike; spiderly; spidery (relating to or resembling a member of the class Arachnida)

anuran; batrachian; salientian (relating to frogs and toads)

anserine (of or resembling a goose)

univalve (used of mollusks, especially gastropods, as snails etc.)

metameric; segmental; segmented (having the body divided into successive metameres or segments, as in earthworms or lobsters)

brachiate (having arms or armlike appendages)

posterior (at or near the hind end in quadrupeds or toward the spine in primates)

anterior (of or near the head end or toward the front plane of the body)

aestivation; estivation ((zoology) cessation or slowing of activity during the summer; especially slowing of metabolism in some animals during a hot or dry period)

natural scientist; naturalist (a biologist knowledgeable about natural history (especially botany and zoology))

venation; venous blood system ((zoology) the system of venous blood vessels in an animal)

mantle; pallium ((zoology) a protective layer of epidermis in mollusks or brachiopods that secretes a substance forming the shell)

protective coloration (coloration making an organism less visible or attractive to predators)

plastron ((zoology) the part of a turtle's shell forming its underside)

siphon; syphon (a tubular organ in an aquatic animal (especially in mollusks) through which water can be taken in or expelled)

scaled; scaley; scaly (having the body covered or partially covered with thin horny plates, as some fish and reptiles)

jointed (having joints or jointed segments)

disjunct (having deep constrictions separating head, thorax, and abdomen, as in insects)

nonsegmental; unsegmented (having a body that is not divided into segments)

colonial; compound (composed of many distinct individuals united to form a whole or colony)

ametabolic; ametabolous (undergoing slight or no metamorphosis)

metabolic; metabolous (undergoing metamorphosis)

pedate (having or resembling a foot)

acaudal; acaudate (lacking a tail or taillike appendage)

caudate; caudated (having a tail or taillike appendage)

vagile (having freedom to move about)

unjointed (without joints or jointed segments)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "zoology"):

bugology; entomology (the branch of zoology that studies insects)

palaeozoology; paleozoology (the study of fossil animals)

protozoology (the branch of zoology that studies protozoans)

ornithology (the branch of zoology that studies birds)

oology (the branch of zoology that studies eggs (especially birds' eggs and their size, shape, coloration, and number))

mammalogy (the branch of zoology that studies mammals)

malacology (the branch of zoology that studies the structure and behavior of mollusks)

ichthyology (the branch of zoology that studies fishes)

herpetology (the branch of zoology concerned with reptiles and amphibians)

ethology (the branch of zoology that studies the behavior of animals in their natural habitats)

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