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zo·ol·o·gy

zoology

 
pronunciation:
zu a l ji
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part of speech: noun
inflections: zoologies
definition: the science and study of animals.
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The word zoology is formed from zoion, an ancient Greek word that means "animal," and the suffix "-ology," which means "the study of."
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The word zoology contains the following parts:
zo, zoo Greek root that means animal, life
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-logy, -ology Greek noun-forming suffix that means study of, science of; written work; structure or principle
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The suffix -logy , -ology forms nouns from bases that are predominantly Greek roots. It is a terminal form of the root log, logo, -logue which in the vast majority cases signifies the study or science of the subject indicated by the base. In some words, however, -ology carries the meaning "written work" (trilogy) or "structure" (homology). See log, logo, -logue. Most nouns ending in -logy , -ology have an adjective form ending in "-ical." (dermatology, dermatological).
synonyms:
-ics