Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The scientific study of insects.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The scientific study of insects.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That part of zoölogy which treats of insects.
  • n. A treatise on the science of entomology.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That branch of zoölogy which treats of insects, or Insecta.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the branch of zoology that studies insects

Etymologies

From French entomologie, from Ancient Greek ἔντομον (éntomon, "insect") + -logie (from Ancient Greek -λογία (-logía, "-logy")). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Interest in entomology reveals to hidden half of duo cause of ancient family curse.

    Websites

  • Beatles, who I love, because entomology is one of my raisons d'être, which is a French expression that I know.

    Excerpt: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

  • Today that division, along with the Department of Plant Pathology and more than half of all faculty positions in entomology, are gone — in part, many professors believe, because there are no profits in such work.

    The Kept University

  • She has a PhD in entomology and "[a] fter a decade or so as a professor, she decided to jump the academic ship and went on to be a dot. com designer, web mistress, forensic consultant, and general attention whore."

    Blogroll Update

  • Caroline could have talked about her masters degree in entomology from Cornell and how she is bringing her enormous knowledge and passion from her family’s organic farm in Oregon (Ayer’s Creek Farm, often featured on NPR, supplies the finest restaurants in Portland and the local community with the most incredible fruits, vegetables, and grains you’ve ever tasted) to Hunt Country.

    Video: Back In the Hunt: New Winemaker Bridges Generations

  • The science of insects is called entomology (entomon, "insect").

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • The most successful efforts are well-organized, multidisciplinary (involving several relevant skill areas such as entomology and soil fertility), and crop-specific and aim at developing a "package" of improved practices centered around highyielding, adapted varieties.

    Chapter 7

  • And so we included that information in the entomology, and the interesting thing for me, really, is that word is typical of evidence that the OED should be looking throughout English and its neighboring countries.

    A Back-Story to The Man Who Loved China A Coincidence Most Curious and Telling

  • John Simpson: It's nice that you mentioned the word butterfly, which has got itself rather an unpleasant entomology problem, which we won't go into.

    A Back-Story to The Man Who Loved China A Coincidence Most Curious and Telling

  • It's too early to say whether the wasps will work, and determining results could take years, says Ken Raffa, a professor of entomology with the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Scientists try wasps to save ash trees

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  • Can you make a career out of doing etymology? I want that job.

    January 19, 2007

  • I often hear people mispronounce the word etymology by saying this word instead, which makes me giggle. Even funnier is entomologist in place of etymologist.

    January 19, 2007