- the study of animal behavior with emphasis on the behavioral patterns that occur in natural environments.
Origin of ethology
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Examples from the Web for ethological
The only check or corrective is, constant verification by psychological and ethological laws.A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive
John Stuart Mill
There has been an increasing awareness of the importance of ethological data and of their usefulness in systematics.Comparative Breeding Behavior of Ammospiza caudacuta and A. maritima
Glen E. Woolfenden
In the foregoing I have discussed the ethological relations of ants to a variety of other organisms.Introduction to the Science of Sociology
Robert E. Park
- the study of the behaviour of animals in their normal environment
C17 (in the obsolete sense: mimicry): via Latin from Greek ēthologia, from ēthos character; current sense, C19
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Word Origin and History for ethological
late 17c., "mimicry," from Latin ethologia, from Greek ethologia, from ethos "character" (see ethos). As a branch of zoology, from 1897.
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- The scientific study of animal behavior, especially as it occurs in a natural environment.
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