- the study of animal behavior with emphasis on the behavioral patterns that occur in natural environments.
Origin of ethology
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- 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
Word Origin and History for ethologist
late 17c., "mimicry," from Latin ethologia, from Greek ethologia, from ethos "character" (see ethos). As a branch of zoology, from 1897.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The scientific study of animal behavior, especially as it occurs in a natural environment.
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