Meaning of cryptozoology in English:


Pronunciation /ˌkrɪptə(ʊ)zuːˈɒlədʒi/


mass noun
  • The search for and study of animals whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated, such as the Loch Ness monster and the yeti.

    ‘A study of cryptozoology gave me nightmares for weeks when I was younger.’
    • ‘It has a track record of exposing frauds, gives space to sceptical views, and sparks debate about controversial subjects - such as ‘Is cryptozoology a science?’’
    • ‘It features stories on such topics as anomalous astronomical phenomena, anomalies in the physical sciences, scientific hoaxes and cryptozoology.’
    • ‘Some more cryptozoology - this time it's lake monsters in China.’
    • ‘Would attempts to track and rediscover presumed-extinct species fall into the realm of cryptozoology?’
    • ‘But paranormal research and cryptozoology are littered with cases that were deemed irrefutable evidence of the paranormal, only to full apart upon further investigation or hoaxer confessions.’
    • ‘Exhibits included displays showing skeptical explanations of paranormal claims such as UFOs, the purported moon landing hoax, cryptozoology, and astrology.’
    • ‘I have a strong interest in cryptozoology, but I prefer to pair it with, rather than set it into opposition, with what physiological, zoological and forensic knowledge I possess.’
    • ‘It might be worth asking how ‘real’ that is, though - a lot of cryptozoology shares a border with folklore studies.’
    • ‘Perhaps it's time for cryptozoology to come in from the cold.’
    • ‘But we all have our weaknesses, and mine seems to be cryptozoology.’
    • ‘Similarly, the best criticisms in areas such as ufology and cryptozoology come from critics within those protosciences.’
    • ‘For many years I had a keen interest in the supernatural, UFOs, cryptozoology, etc.’