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

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Other Words from ecology

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

Examples of ecology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yadav studied molecular ecology at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India, but realized early in his scientific career that his real passion was for storytelling. National Geographic, "Prasenjeet Yadav," 23 June 2020 But the lockdown is likely to have a deep impact on the ecology of British drama, as theatres are interconnected. The Economist, "Will the show go on? Covid-19 is an existential threat to Britain’s theatres," 22 June 2020 The idea has provoked debate across the fields of ecology and animal behavior for more than two decades. Quanta Magazine, "Random Search Wired Into Animals May Help Them Hunt," 11 June 2020 And the researchers established a foundation of data about the ecology of the Gulf of Mexico that had not existed before. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Deepwater Horizon: What we learned from worst oil spill ever," 10 June 2020 Reducing the predator population throws the natural ecology out of balance, conservationists say. Darryl Fears, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump administration to make it easier for hunters to kill Alaska bear cubs and wolf pups," 9 June 2020 Humans, like viruses, have hijacked the ecology of the Earth and wrought damage. Ai Weiwei, The Atlantic, "When Time Loses All Meaning," 2 June 2020 Gerardo Ceballos González, a professor of ecology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and one of the authors of the study, said approximately 173 species went extinct between 2001 and 2014. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "The sixth mass extinction is happening faster than expected. Scientists say it's our fault," 1 June 2020 Simpson and Webster bring their own science backgrounds—in ecology and marine biology, respectively—to the online expeditions. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Join a Smithsonian Entomologist and the Monterey Bay Aquarium for This Beetle-Centric ‘Animal Crossing’ Livestream," 4 May 2020

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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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The first known use of ecology was in 1875

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30 Jun 2020

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“Ecology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ecology. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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ecology

noun
How to pronounce ecology (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ecology

: 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

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

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