Definition of ecology
1 : a branch of science concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments
2 : the totality or pattern of relations between organisms and their environment
3 : human ecology
ecologicallyplay \ˌē-kə-ˈlä-ji-k(ə-)lē, ˌe-kə-\ adverb
ecologistplay \i-ˈkä-lə-jist, e-\ noun
Recent Examples of ecology from the Web
In addition to feeding the park’s swimming pool, the springs also provide drinking water for thousands of people and support one of the most sensitive ecologies in Texas.
More so than traffic noise, which might peak at certain hours of the day and then drop off, compressor noise may significantly affect the surrounding ecology when the inhabitants are sensitive to sound.
The irrepressible Mary Tuomanen's play about Quakers, cultures, and the ecology.
Winslow Homer took a hankering to the light, Rachel Carson took an interest in the ecology, and Ernest Hemingway took trophy fish from the deep.
But these devices shouldn't lead to less physical interaction with our pets, says Dr. Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and author of several books about animal ethics.
The rest of the year the marsh is used by students and scientists to study salt marsh ecology and practice field research techniques.
Power is from the sun, and composting toilets help protect the fragile island ecology.
A native of Puerto Rico, Lugo was educated in San Juan through his master’s degree, came to the mainland, got a PhD in plant ecology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, then taught botany for 10 years at the University of Florida.
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Origin and Etymology of ecology
German Ökologie, from öko- eco- + -logie -logy
First Known Use: 1875
ECOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ecology for English Language Learners
: a science that deals with the relationships between groups of living things and their environments
: the relationships between a group of living things and their environment
ECOLOGY Defined for Kids
Definition of ecology for Students
1 : a branch of science concerned with the relationships between living things and their environment
2 : the pattern of relationships between living things and their environment
Medical Definition of ecology
1: a branch of science concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments
2: the totality or pattern of relations between organisms and their environment
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