- the study of animal behavior with emphasis on the behavioral patterns that occur in natural environments.
Origin of ethology
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It must itself depend on laws of mind and character (psychology and ethology).The Idea of Progress
J. B. Bury
I remark by anticipation that this expression implies a reference to Mill's Ethology, of which I shall have to speak.The English Utilitarians, Volume I.
As in Ethology and other deductive sciences, so in Statistics and History there are empirical laws.Analysis of Mr. Mill's System of Logic
Etholog′ic, -al, relating to ethology: treating of morality.
- 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 ethology
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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