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Oology

[oh-AHL-ə-jee]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Greek, 19th century

1.

The study or collecting of birds' eggs.

Examples of Oology in a sentence

"The only scientific study Leo seemed interested in was oology."

"Oology can lead to the illegal collection of wild birds’ eggs."

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About Oology

This word comes from the combination of “oo-,” a Greek word-forming element meaning “egg” and a cognate with Latin’s “ovum.” This is combined with “-logy,” meaning “a speaking, discourse, treatise, theory, science” from the Greek “-logia.”

Did you Know?

In the 1960s, British naturalist Derek Ratcliffe compared peregrine falcon eggs from historical collections with more recent egg shells and was able to determine a decline in shell thickness over time. This helped establish the link between the use of pesticides and insecticides, and the declining British populations of birds of prey.

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