syn·​ecol·​o·​gy ˌsi-ni-ˈkä-lə-jē How to pronounce synecology (audio)
: a branch of ecology that deals with the structure, development, and distribution of ecological communities
synecological adjective

Word History


borrowed from German Synökologie, from syn- syn- + Ökologie ecology

Note: The term was introduced by Carl Schröter and Oskar von Kirchner in Die Vegetation des Bodensees, 2. Teil (Lindau i.B., 1902), p. 63. Compare autecology.

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of synecology was in 1910

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“Synecology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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