[ ee-thol-uh-jee, ih-thol- ]
/ iˈθɒl ə dʒi, ɪˈθɒl- /
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the study of animal behavior with emphasis on the behavioral patterns that occur in natural environments.
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Origin of ethology
OTHER WORDS FROM ethologye·tho·log·i·cal [ee-thuh-loj-i-kuhl, eth-uh-], /ˌi θəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, ˌɛθ ə-/, adjectivee·tho·log·i·cal·ly, adverbe·thol·o·gist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ethology
/ (ɪˈθɒlədʒɪ) /
the study of the behaviour of animals in their normal environment
Derived forms of ethologyethological (ˌɛθəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveethologically, adverbethologist, noun
Word Origin for ethology
C17 (in the obsolete sense: mimicry): via Latin from Greek ēthologia, from ēthos character; current sense, C19
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Scientific definitions for ethology
[ ĭ-thŏl′ə-jē, ē-thŏl′- ]
The scientific study of animal behavior, especially as it occurs in a natural environment.
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