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ethnobiology

[eth-noh-bahy-ol-uh-jee] /ˌɛθ noʊ baɪˈɒl ə dʒi/
noun, Anthropology
1.
the scientific study of the way plants and animals are treated or used by different human cultures.
2.
(no longer in technical use) the doctrine that cultural behavior is determined biologically.
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ethnobiological
[eth-noh-bahy-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌɛθ noʊˌbaɪ əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
ethnobiologist, noun
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ethnobiology

/ˌɛθnəʊbaɪˈɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the branch of biology involving the study of the uses of plants and animals in various human societies
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Contemporary definitions for ethnobiologist
noun

the scientific study of societal groups, esp. for understanding the differences between ethnic groups and their relationship to the environment

Word Origin

ethno- 'culture' + biology

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