entomology

entomology 1766, from Fr. entomologie (1764), coined from Gk. entomon "insect" + -logia "study of" (see -LOGY (Cf. -logy)). Entomon is neut. of entomos "having a notch or cut (at the waist)," from en "in" (see EN- (Cf. en-) (2)) + temnein "to cut" (see TOME (Cf. tome)). So called by Aristotle in reference to the segmented division of insect bodies. Compare INSECT (Cf. insect).
I have given the name insectology to that part of natural history which has insects for its object; that of entomology ... would undoubtedly have been more suitable ... but its barbarous sound terryfy'd me. [Charles Bonnet's English translation of his "Contemplation de la nature," 1766]
Related: Entomological. Hybrid insectology (1766, from Fr. insectologie, 1744) is not much used.

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  • Entomology — (from Greek gr. ἔντομος, entomos , that which is cut in pieces or engraved/segmented , hence insect ; and gr. λογία, logia cite book | author = Liddell, Henry George and Robert Scott | year = 1980 | title = A Greek English Lexicon (Abridged… …   Wikipedia

  • Entomology — En to*mol o*gy, n.; pl. {Entomologies}. [Gr. e ntomon insect (so called because nearly cut in two, fr. e ntomos cut in; en in + te mnein to cut) + logy: cf. F. entomologie. See {In}, and {Tome}, and cf. {Insect}.] 1. That part of zo[ o]logy which …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • entomology — ► NOUN ▪ the branch of zoology concerned with the study of insects. DERIVATIVES entomological adjective entomologist noun. ORIGIN from Greek entomon insect , from entomos cut up, segmented …   English terms dictionary

  • entomology — [en΄tə mäl′ə jē] n. [Fr entomologie: see ENTOMO & LOGY] the branch of zoology that deals with insects entomological [en΄təmə läj′i kəl] adj. entomologic entomologically adv. entomologist n …   English World dictionary

  • entomology — entomological /en teuh meuh loj i keuhl/, entomologic, adj. entomologically, adv. entomologist, n. /en teuh mol euh jee/, n. the branch of zoology dealing with insects. [1760 70; ENTOMO + LOGY] * * * Branch of zoology dealing with the scientific… …   Universalium

  • entomology — noun The scientific study of insects Entomology is an important field of study within biology. Syn: insectology See Also: entomologist, insectologist, insectologer …   Wiktionary

  • entomology — [[t]e̱ntəmɒ̱ləʤi[/t]] N UNCOUNT Entomology is the study of insects. Derived words: entomologist [[t]e̱ntəmɒ̱ləʤɪst[/t]] plural N COUNT ...a research entomologist …   English dictionary

  • entomology — entomologija statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Mokslas, tiriantis vabzdžius, jų įvairovę, morfologiją, biologiją, ekologiją, sistematiką, zoogeografiją. Tiria augalų kenkėjus ir plėšrūnus, reguliuojančius tų kenkėjų… …   Ekologijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • entomology — noun Etymology: French entomologie, from Greek entomon insect (from neuter of entomos cut up, from en + temnein to cut) + French logie logy more at tome Date: 1766 a branch of zoology that deals with insects • entomological adjective •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • entomology — n. [Gr. entomon, insect; logos, discourse] That branch of zoology dealing with insects …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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