[ ee-thol-uh-jee, ih-thol- ]
/ iˈθɒl ə dʒi, ɪˈθɒl- /
the study of animal behavior with emphasis on the behavioral patterns that occur in natural environments.
Origin of ethology
Related formse·tho·log·i·cal [ee-thuh-loj-i-kuh l, 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 ethologist
/ (ɪˈθɒlədʒɪ) /
the study of the behaviour of animals in their normal environment
Derived Formsethological (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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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
Science definitions for ethologist
[ ĭ-thŏl′ə-jē, ē-thŏl′- ]
The scientific study of animal behavior, especially as it occurs in a natural environment.
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