herpetology "study of reptiles," 1816, from Fr. herpétologie (18c.), coined from Gk. herpeton "reptile," lit. "creeping thing," from herpein "to creep" (see SERPENT (Cf. serpent)) + logia (see -LOGY (Cf. -logy)). Related: Herpetologist.

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  • Herpetology — (from Greek: ἑρπετόν, herpeton , creeping animal and λόγος, logos , knowledge ) is the branch of zoology concerned with the study of .Herpetology is concerned with poikilothermic, or ectothermic, tetrapods. Herps (or sometimes herptiles or… …   Wikipedia

  • Herpetology — Her pe*tol o*gy, n. [Written also, but less properly, erpetology.] [Gr. ? a creeping thing, reptile (fr. ? to creep) + logy: cf. F. herp[ e]tologie.] The natural history of reptiles; that branch of zo[ o]logy which relates to reptiles, including… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • herpetology — [hʉr΄pə täl′ə jē] n. [< Gr herpeton, reptile (< herpein, to creep: see SERPENT)] the branch of zoology having to do with the study of reptiles and amphibians herpetologic [hʉr΄pətō läj′ik] adj. herpetological herpetologist n …   English World dictionary

  • herpetology — herpetologic /herr pi tl oj ik/, herpetological, adj. herpetologically, adv. herpetologist, n. /herr pi tol euh jee/, n. the branch of zoology dealing with reptiles and amphibians. [1815 25; < Gk herpetó(n) a creeping thing (Compare HÉRPEIN to… …   Universalium

  • herpetology — noun Etymology: Greek herpeton quadruped, reptile, from neuter of herpetos crawling, from herpein Date: 1824 a branch of zoology dealing with reptiles and amphibians • herpetological adjective • herpetologist noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • herpetology — noun /ˌhɝ.pɛ̆.ˈtɑ.lŏ.ʤi/ the branch of biology dealing with reptiles (Reptilia) or amphibians. See Also: herp, herpetological, herpetologist, herptile …   Wiktionary

  • herpetology — The branch of zoology concerned with the study of reptiles and amphibians. * * * her·pe·tol·o·gy (hur″pə tolґə je) [herpeto + logy] the branch of zoology that specializes in the study of reptiles and amphibians …   Medical dictionary

  • herpetology — Synonyms and related words: anatomy, animal physiology, anthropology, biology, comparative anatomy, conchology, ecology, entomology, ethology, helminthology, ichthyology, malacology, mammalogy, ornithology, protozoology, taxidermy, taxonomy,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • herpetology — see SERPENT …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • herpetology —  The study of reptiles …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

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