Zoology

n. The science and history of the animal kingdom, including its king, the House Fly (Musca maledicta ). The father of Zoology was Aristotle, as is universally conceded, but the name of its mother has not come down to us. Two of the science's most illustrious expounders were Buffon and Oliver Goldsmith, from both of whom we learn (L'Histoire generale des animaux  and A History of Animated Nature ) that the domestic cow sheds its horn every two years.