ecology

noun
ecol·​o·​gy | \ i-ˈkä-lə-jē How to pronounce ecology (audio) , e- \
plural ecologies

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
4 : environment, climate the moral ecology also : an often delicate or intricate system or complex the ecology of language

Other Words from ecology

ecologist \ i-​ˈkä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce ecology (audio) , e-​ \ noun

Examples of ecology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To leverage India’s linguistic diversity to properly report invasives, Bang suggests coining vernacular words of common terms in invasion ecology and their universal usage in vernacular language reportage. Sahana Ghosh, Quartz, 10 May 2022 There are also stargazing sessions, private pond ecology lessons, and nautical knot-making workshops. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Travel + Leisure, 7 May 2022 This link between behavior, ecology and evolution — between the diet, habitat and social organization — of birds was originally investigated by British behavioral ecologist, John Crook, in his 1964 dissertation (ref). Grrlscientist, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Arthur Shapiro, a distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at the University of California at Davis, is skeptical of the impact that large native-plant restoration projects can have. Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2022 Bidwell said Cleveland’s cultural ecology offers nothing like the fellowships planned by FRONT, especially for artists of color. cleveland, 31 Mar. 2022 Covering some five hundred and fifty million years, this history of the Earth’s ecology proceeds in reverse chronological order. The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2022 Bicycles and vehicles are prohibited for now in the 22-acre park, where Great Parks also plans to build an urban ecology center. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, 20 Mar. 2022 Much of the revitalized interest is the result of the Brigidines’ emphasis on nature, ecology and healing, and their shift away from the patriarchal faith of traditional Irish Catholicism. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ecology

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ecology

German Ökologie, from öko- eco- + -logie -logy

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“Ecology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ecology. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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ecology

noun
ecol·​o·​gy | \ i-ˈkä-lə-jē How to pronounce ecology (audio) \

Kids Definition of ecology

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

ecology

noun
ecol·​o·​gy | \ -jē How to pronounce ecology (audio) \
plural ecologies

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

Other Words from ecology

ecological \ ˌē-​kə-​ˈläj-​i-​kəl How to pronounce ecology (audio) , ˌek-​ə-​ How to pronounce ecology (audio) \ also ecologic \ -​ik How to pronounce ecology (audio) \ adjective
ecologically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce ecology (audio) \ adverb

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