Sometimes it seems that scientists have a language all to their own! Learning how to decode big words in Biology can help make learning easier and more fun. Once you start investigating some of the big words you encounter, some patterns may become clear. For instance, a word that means “the study of” something usually ends in “ology”. The beginning of the word is often derived from Greek or Latin.
- Biology comes from bio (life) + ology (knowledge) = the study of life
- Herpetology comes from herpe (crawling things) + ology = the study of reptiles and amphibians
- Ichthyology comes from Ichthy (fish) + ology = the study of fish
Can you figure out the meaning of these big science words?
- Dendrology – the study of trees <—— Highlight space to see answer
- Volcanology – the study of volcanoes <—— Highlight space to see answer
- Paleontology – the study of fossils <—— Highlight space to see answer
When you think you know the answer, click and drag your mouse over the words to reveal the definitions.