1A person who produces descriptions of animals and their characteristics; a descriptive zoologist; (in later use) especially a zoogeographer.
2rare A painter or artist who specializes in depictions of animals or living creatures. Also (chiefly with specific allusion to ancient Greek or Latin): a painter or artist in general. Compare zoography .
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Browne (1605–1682), physician and author. From zoo- + -grapher.