昆虫被亚里士多德称为“昆虫”, 是因为它们的身体被分割开来. 比较 insect, 它来自于希腊语的拉丁文借译. 相关: Entomological; entomologically. 杂交 insectology (1766年, 来自法文 insectologie, 1744年) 使用不多.
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]