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herpetology (n.)

"study of reptiles," 1816, from French herpétologie (18c.), coined from Greek herpeton "reptile," literally "creeping thing," from herpein "to creep" (see serpent) + French -logie (see -logy). Related: Herpetologist; herpetological.

updated on July 07, 2015

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Definitions of herpetology from WordNet

herpetology (n.)
the branch of zoology concerned with reptiles and amphibians;
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