[ ih-kol-uh-jee ]
/ ɪˈkɒl ə dʒi /
noun, plural e·col·o·gies for defs. 2, 3.
the branch of biology dealing with the relations and interactions between organisms and their environment, including other organisms.
the set of relationships existing between organisms and their environment: desert ecologies.
the set of relationships existing between any complex system and its surroundings or environment: the ecology and politics of healthcare.
Also called human ecology. the branch of sociology concerned with the spacing and interdependence of people and institutions.
advocacy for the protection of natural resources from pollution or its effects; environmentalism.
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Also Archaic, oe·col·o·gy .
Origin of ecology
1870–75; earlier oecology
) “house, dwelling” + -o-
+ German -logie-logy
; term introduced by E. H. Haeckel
OTHER WORDS FROM ecology
ec·o·log·i·cal [ek-uh-loj-i-kuhl, ee-kuh-], /ˌɛk əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, ˌi kə-/, ec·o·log·ic, adjectiveec·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbe·col·o·gist, nounun·ec·o·log·i·cal, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ecologybiosphere, ecology , ecosystem, environment, habitat
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Example sentences from the Web for ecology
Bayley’s own specialty is coral reef ecology, and his curiosity is piqued by what the cooperation represents.
As Kayardild and other Aboriginal tongues faded under British rule, the communities lost the ability to pass on their understanding of natural patterns and island ecology.
If we better understood where these viruses are circulating and understood that ecology, we would have the potential to disrupt and minimize the risk of spillover.
When the right ecology comes into play, it starts getting cold, and damp, then it starts replicating like crazy.
In 2018, you and colleagues wrote in Science, “Our ability to mitigate disease emergence is undermined by our poor understanding of the diversity and ecology of viral threats.”
Within these zones certain ecologic communities can be recognized; these represent several biotic provinces.
The ecologic niche of the brush rabbit is in brush where the plants form continuous thickets with little open ground.
Presumably the two occupy different ecologic niches, much as rixosa and frenata probably do where they occur together.
The economic and ecologic significance of insects in the diet of birds is often oversimplified.
Therefore, in its ecologic relationships with many other species, it is a density dependent predator.
the study of the relationships between living organisms and their environment
the set of relationships of a particular organism with its environment
the study of the relationships between human groups and their physical environment
Also called (for senses 1, 2): bionomics
Derived forms of ecologyecologist, noun
Word Origin for ecology
C19: from German Ökologie, from Greek oikos house (hence, environment)
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The branch of science that is concerned with the relationships between organisms and their environments.
The relationship between organisms and their environments.
The study of the detrimental effects of modern civilization on the environment, with a view toward their prevention or reversal through conservation.
Other words from ecologye′co•log′i•cal (ē′kə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl, ĕk′ə-) null adj.e•col′o•gist n.
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The scientific study of the relationships between living things and their environments. Also called bionomics
A system of such relationships within a particular environment.
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The study of living things, their environment, and the relation between the two.
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