ethol·​o·​gy | \ ē-ˈthä-lə-jē How to pronounce ethology (audio) \

Definition of ethology

1 : a branch of knowledge dealing with human character and with its formation and evolution
2 : the scientific and objective study of animal behavior especially under natural conditions

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Other Words from ethology

ethological \ ˌē-​thə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce ethology (audio) , ˌe-​thə-​ \ adjective
ethologist \ ē-​ˈthä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce ethology (audio) \ noun

Examples of ethology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ethograms, a kind of specialized inventory, are traditionally intended for observing nonhuman primate groups in the field of ethology, the study of an evolution of a species. Orly Nadell Farber, STAT, "‘You, me, parking lot!’: Behind surgical curtain, researchers find hierarchies and gender dynamics driving conflict," 2 July 2018 Below are links to three groups that are involved with the environment, research, or both: • IPBio – Biodiversity Research Institute focuses on the biodiversity, ecology, and ethology of the fauna and flora in Brazilian ecosystems. Tibor Krausz, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why this Thai businessman was named a ‘biodiversity hero’," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ethology

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ethology

Greek ethos + English -logy

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The first known use of ethology was in 1843

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“Ethology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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ethol·​o·​gy | \ ē-ˈthäl-ə-jē How to pronounce ethology (audio) \
plural ethologies

Medical Definition of ethology

: the scientific and objective study of animal behavior especially under natural conditions

Other Words from ethology

ethological \ ˌē-​thə-​ˈläj-​i-​kəl How to pronounce ethology (audio) , ˌeth-​ə-​ How to pronounce ethology (audio) \ adjective

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