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Meaning of cryptozoology

cryp•to•zo•ol•o•gy

Pronunciation: (krip"tō-zō-ol'u-jē), [key]
— n.
  1. the study of evidence tending to substantiate the existence of, or the search for, creatures whose reported existence is unproved, as the Abominable Snowman or the Loch Ness monster.
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