herpetology

[hur-pi-tol-uh-jee] /ˌhɜr pɪˈtɒl ə dʒi/
noun
1.
the branch of zoology dealing with reptiles and amphibians.
Origin
1815–25; < Greek herpetó(n) a creeping thing (Compare hérpein to creep) + -logy; cf. serpent
Related forms
herpetologic
[hur-pi-tl-oj-ik] /ˌhɜr pɪ tlˈɒdʒ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
herpetological, adjective
herpetologically, adverb
herpetologist, noun
British Dictionary definitions for herpetologically
herpetology (ˌhɜːpɪˈtɒlədʒɪ)
 
n
the study of reptiles and amphibians
 
[C19: from Greek herpeton creeping animal, from herpein to creep]
 
herpetologic
 
adj
 
herpeto'logical
 
adj
 
herpeto'logically
 
adv
 
herpe'tologist
 
n

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Word Origin and History for herpetologically
herpetology
"study of reptiles," 1824, from Fr. herpétologie, coined from Gk. herpeton "reptile," lit. "creeping thing," from herpein "to creep" (see serpent) + logia "a speaking in a certain manner, study of."
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herpetologically in Science
herpetology
  (hûr'pĭ-tŏl'ə-jē)   
The scientific study of reptiles and amphibians.
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