the study of animal behavior with emphasis on the behavioral patterns that occur in natural environments.
- e·tho·log·i·cal [ee-thuh-loj-i-kuhl, eth-uh-], /ˌi θəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, ˌɛθ ə-/, adjective
- e·tho·log·i·cal·ly, adverb
- e·thol·o·gist, noun
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How to use ethology in a sentence
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
British Dictionary definitions for ethology
the study of the behaviour of animals in their normal environment
- ethological (ˌɛθəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjective
- ethologically, adverb
- ethologist, noun
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Scientific definitions for ethology
The scientific study of animal behavior, especially as it occurs in a natural environment.
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