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Herpetology


Noun

1. Science that deals with the study of reptiles and amphibians (biology-online.org)

2. The branch of Zoology concerned with the study of amphibians (including frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, and gymnophiona) and reptiles (including snakes, lizards, amphisbaenids, turtles, terrapins, tortoises, crocodilians, and the tuataras). Batrachology is a further subdiscipline of herpetology concerned with the study of amphibians alone. (wikipedia.com)

 

Word origin: From Ancient Greek ἑρπετόν (herpeton, “reptile”) + –logy (suffix indicating a field of study or work)

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