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Entomologist \En`to*mol"o*gist\, n. [Cf. F. entomologiste.] One versed in entomology.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1771; see entomology + -ist.


n. A scientist who studies insects


n. a zoologist who studies insects [syn: bugologist, bug-hunter]

Usage examples of "entomologist".

In 1956 a Brazilian entomologist had imported African bees with the idea of crossbreeding them with Brazilian bees and creating a bee family as industrious as the Africans but as as the European bee.

But, as the entomologists pointed out, the Africans had left behind a magnificent bequest.

We hoped to have a hive of bees some day and the entomologists on the bionomics staff were practically busting their hearts trying to breed a strain of bees which would prosper out doors.

He looked in at the Cock, spoke to his man, took a chaise back to Ashgrove, saddled his mare and rode some miles towards Lisa before branching off into a series of lanes, one of which would have brought him to a farm belonging to Sir Joseph if, before reaching it, he had not turned along a path leading to the roughest of rough and sandy pasture to a neglected wood, one of the few in England where an entomologist had a reasonable chance of finding that brilliant creature Calosoma sycophanta, as well as no less than three of the tiger beetles.

Whitney Cranshaw, an entomologist at Colorado State University, conducted a beer tasting for slugs in 1987, killing four thousand of them in eight weeks in the name of scientific inquiry.

A pathologist may analyze the organs and brain, an entomologist the insects, an odontologist the teeth and dental records, a molecular biologist the DNA, and a ballistics expert the bullets and casings, while the forensic anthropologist pores over the bones.

University, Remsen, ambitious entomologist, had rigged an ingenious glass house for the observation of a city of ants.

More noteworthy, says Landsman, the insects and their larvae appear to represent a species that has been thought completely extinct by entomologists for nearly fifty years.

He belonged, in fact, to none of the numerous societies which swarm in the English capital, from the Harmonic to that of the Entomologists, founded mainly for the purpose of abolishing pernicious insects.

This trap was devised by entomologists from the University of California while trying to control snails in highway landscaping.

Entomologists call parasites such as these parasitoids, since the host never survives but is completely consumed from within.

One famous entomologist who specialized in bedbugs collected them in hotels, good and bad, across the country.

The entomologist, who confines himself rigidly to the study of the coleoptera, is intended to typify this class.

Again, under a third name, with a crew haircut and a stocky-muscled build, he'd been a field entomologist, explorer, and survival expert, able to flourish indefinitely in the wilderness without so much as a pocketknife or canteen of water -- but the Departments of Cartography and Entomology, satisfied as they were with his abilities and indifferent of his credentials, had reluctantly to fire him when he refused to disclose his methods.

Five mornings a week doing nothing but read, under no compulsion to produce any kind of results - merely requested to mention by mail any association or connection he spotted which he had reason to believe might prove helpful to somebody: advise an astronomer that a market research organisation had a new statistical sampling technique, for instance, or suggest that an entomologist be informed about a new air-pollution problem.