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ethology

[ee-thol-uh-jee, ih-thol-] /iˈθɒl ə dʒi, ɪˈθɒl-/
noun
1.
the study of animal behavior with emphasis on the behavioral patterns that occur in natural environments.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; earlier, as the study of relations between an organism and its environment < French éthologie, coined by French zoologist I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire (1805-61); see ethos, -logy
Related forms
ethological
[ee-thuh-loj-i-kuh l, eth-uh-] /ˌi θəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, ˌɛθ ə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
ethologically, adverb
ethologist, noun
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Examples for ethology
  • They haven't published any articles in learned journals, and they don't claim to be in the forefront of hippo ethology.
  • Each day, we've been greeted by the super stars of animal behavior and ethology research.
  • What makes all this unconvincing, of course, is the distance between the ethology and the sociology.
  • They could do jelly ethology, which no one had ever done.
  • These are issues which bubble up at the intersection of ethology and evolution.
British Dictionary definitions for ethology

ethology

/ɪˈθɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the study of the behaviour of animals in their normal environment
Derived Forms
ethological (ˌɛθəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
ethologically, adverb
ethologist, noun
Word Origin
C17 (in the obsolete sense: mimicry): via Latin from Greek ēthologia, from ēthos character; current sense, C19
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Word Origin and History for ethology
n.

late 17c., "mimicry," from Latin ethologia, from Greek ethologia, from ethos "character" (see ethos). As a branch of zoology, from 1897.

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ethology in Science
ethology
  (ĭ-thŏl'ə-jē, ē-thŏl'-)   
The scientific study of animal behavior, especially as it occurs in a natural environment.
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