Antedating of "Entomology"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Feb 16 12:07:16 UTC 2005

entomology (OED 1766)

1764 _General Magazine of Arts and Sciences_ May 259 (Eighteenth Century
Collections Online)  Observations on the Animal Kingdom.  Translated from
the Latin of Dr. Linnaeus. ... I undertook to write my System of Zoology.
In the _Tetrapodology_ (or History of Quadrupeds) I have chiefly deduced
the Orders of the Animals from the Teeth ... in _Entomology_ (or the
History of Insects) from the _Antennae_ and Wings, &c.

Fred Shapiro

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