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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. ecology(def 1).
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Origin of bionomics

1885–90; bio- + -nomics, probably on the model of economics; see -nomy, -ics
Related formsbi·o·nom·ic, bi·o·nom·i·cal, adjectivebi·o·nom·i·cal·ly, adverbbi·on·o·mist [bahy-on-uh-mist] /baɪˈɒn ə mɪst/, noun
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Examples from the Web for bionomics

Historical Examples

  • Bionomics: the habits, breeding and adaptations of living forms.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • Observations on the life-history and bionomics of Phlebotomus papatasii.

  • A study of its structure, development, bionomics, and economy.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

  • General observations on the bionomics of the rodent and human flies.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

  • The oviposition of Dermestes ater DeGeer, with notes on bionomics under laboratory conditions.

British Dictionary definitions for bionomics


  1. (functioning as singular) a less common name for ecology (def. 1), ecology (def. 2)
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Derived Formsbionomic, adjectivebionomically, adverbbionomist (baɪˈɒnəmɪst), noun

Word Origin

C19: from bio- + nomics on pattern of economics
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Word Origin and History for bionomics


"science of organic evolution; ecology," 1888, coined by Scottish biologist Patrick Geddes (1854-1932) from Greek bio- (see bio-) + nomos "managing," from nemein "manage" (see numismatics).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bionomics in Science


  1. See ecology.
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