Part of speech: noun
Origin: Greek, 19th century
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."
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.