In entomology, a division of arachnidans, including the mite and tick.
Myrmecology: that branch of entomology that deals with ants.
Write to the Division of entomology, Washington, for bulletins on the chinch bug.
The entomology, too, of the desert did not escape our attention.
He was a distinguished naturalist, and the author of various eminent works, especially in the department of entomology.
This volume treats of the poetry rather than the science of entomology.
My readers may differ in appraising the comparative value of the trifling discoveries which entomology owes to my labours.
One of our masters of entomology did me the honour to visit my laboratory.
Even Peter abandoned his entomology; so, from such sacrifice, must the intense heat be judged.
A recent discovery in entomology is the fact that ants have a voice.
1766, from French entomologie (1764), coined from Greek entomon "insect" + -logia "study of" (see -logy). Entomon is neuter of entomos "having a notch or cut (at the waist)," from en "in" (see en- (2)) + temnein "to cut" (see tome).
So called by Aristotle in reference to the segmented division of insect bodies. Compare insect. Related: Entomological. Hybrid insectology (1766, from French insectologie, 1744) is not much used.
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]
entomology en·to·mol·o·gy (ěn'tə-mŏl'ə-jē)
The study of insects.
The scientific study of insects.
Our Living Language : Scientists who study insects (there are close to a million that can be studied!) are called entomologists. Why are they not called "insectologists"? Well, in a way they are. The word insect comes from the Latin word insectum, meaning "cut up or divided into segments." (The plural of insectum, namely insecta, is used by scientists as the name of the taxonomic class that insects belong to.) This Latin word was created in order to translate the Greek word for "insect," which is entomon. This Greek word also literally means "cut up or divided into segments," and it is the source of the word entomology. The Greeks had coined this term for insects because of the clear division of insect bodies into three segments, now called the head, thorax, and abdomen.