1The description of animals and their characteristics, descriptive zoology; a work containing descriptions of animals. Compare phytography . In early use also: †description of something or someone as an animal (obsolete). Now chiefly historical.
2The geographical distribution of animals; the branch of science dealing with this.
3rare The depiction in painting or art of animals or living creatures. Also (chiefly with specific allusion to ancient Greek or Latin): pictorial art in general.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Harvey (d. 1630), astrologer and polemicist. From zoo- + -graphy.