Adjective "zoo" definition and examples

(Zoo may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/zuː/

Definitions and examples

noun

An establishment which maintains a collection of wild animals, typically in a park or gardens, for study, conservation, or display to the public.
  1. 'Once it was only possible to see animals in zoos or in marine parks but in recent years there has been a huge growth in wildlife tourism around the world.'
  2. 'We had a neighbour who had a private zoo and his animals would sometimes escape.'
  3. 'Effortlessly refined, he peers at his audience as if we were animals in a zoo.'
  4. 'While some of the animals are kept in zoos, the Sumatran rhino is difficult to breed in captivity.'
  5. 'Family trips to amusement parks, zoos, botanical gardens, and national parks will be highlighted.'
  6. 'Hundreds of thousands of animals languish in zoos around the world.'
  7. 'We run breeding programmes in partnership with local and international zoos and swop animals to keep gene pools intact.'
  8. 'So far, six codes have been approved - for layer hens, broiler chickens, pigs, circus animals, rodeos and zoos.'
  9. 'It is not the case that the only alternative to keeping animals in a zoo is euthanasia.'
  10. 'Placement of these unwanted animals is difficult because most zoos are unwilling to take them and few sanctuary facilities exist.'
  11. 'I was reluctant to do the Olympics because I thought it would be a zoo.'

More definitions

1. Also called zoological garden. a parklike area in which live animals are kept in cages or large enclosures for public exhibition.

2. Informal. a place, activity, or group marked by chaos or unrestrained behavior.

More examples(as adjective)

"officials can be zoo."

"spokeswomen can be zoo."

"directors can be zoo."

"animals can be zoo."

"keepers can be zoo."

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Origin

Mid 19th century: abbreviation of zoological garden, originally applied specifically to that of Regent's Park, London.