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zoo

[zoo] /zu/
noun, plural zoos.
1.
Also called zoological garden. a parklike area in which live animals are kept in cages or large enclosures for public exhibition.
2.
Informal. a place, activity, or group marked by chaos or unrestrained behavior.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; first two syllables of zoological garden taken as one syllable
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Examples from the web for zoos
  • zoos sometimes use chickens instead of insecticides to control insect populations.
  • Hybrids are still bred in private menageries and in zoos in china.
  • Many animals when kept in captivity, such as in zoos, display abnormal behaviours.
  • Accounts exist of bonobos in zoos mutilating one another and engaging in bullying.
  • They are also kept and bred by aviculturists and often displayed in zoos.
British Dictionary definitions for zoos

zoo

/zuː/
noun (pl) zoos
1.
a place where live animals are kept, studied, bred, and exhibited to the public Formal term zoological garden
Word Origin
C19: shortened from zoological gardens (originally applied to those in London)
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Word Origin and History for zoos

zoo

n.

c.1847, short for Zoological Gardens of the London Zoological Society, established 1828 in Regent's Park to house the society's collection of wild animals. From comb. form of Greek zoion "an animal," literally "a living being," from PIE root *gwei- "to live, life" (cf. Greek bios "life," Old English cwicu "living;" see bio-). Slang meaning "crowded and chaotic place" first recorded 1935.

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Slang definitions & phrases for zoos

zoo

noun

A crowded and chaotic place: Opening Day is always a zoo/ The emergency room at Bellevue was usually a zoo (1935+)


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Related Abbreviations for zoos

zoo

zoological garden
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Idioms and Phrases with zoos

zoo

see: it's a zoo
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