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 ecology (audio) , e-​ \ noun

Examples of ecology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mild conditions have kept the bulk of the oil offshore, which is much simpler for crews to clean than crude that has made its way onto the coast, said Matthew Bracken, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Irvine. Hannah Fry, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2021 Landscape ecologist Lisa Schulte Moore is professor of natural resource ecology and management at Iowa State University. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 According to Philip Higuera, fire ecology professor at the University of Montana, warming temperatures caused the record-low level of rain and humidity that dried out trees and vegetation, which in turn ignited more wildfires. Rachel Ramirez, CNN, 24 Sep. 2021 Wet and humid conditions in July and August have primed trees to burst with red, yellow, and orange hues, said Richard Primack, a professor of biology and plant ecology at Boston University. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Sep. 2021 Overall, though, trees account for much less water use than people think, University of Utah ecology professor Diane Pataki said. The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Sep. 2021 Bogan is an assistant professor of aquatic ecology at the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment. Ian James, AZCentral.com, 8 Sep. 2021 Phillip Dustan, an ecology professor at the College of Charleston, says many of the problems facing South Carolina’s residential properties can be traced to where they are being built. Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2021 The sheer number of tourists was surprising, says lead author Sara Lewis, an ecology professor at Tufts University. Ellie Shechet, Popular Science, 15 Mar. 2021

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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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“Ecology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ecology. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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ecology

noun

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 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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