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
Several reviewers missed that Morgan didn’t have any anthropological training, describing her as “a female anthropologist,” and “a scholarly woman, educated at Oxford in the fields of paleontology, ethology, and anthropology.”
I remark by anticipation that this expression implies a reference to Mill's ethology, of which I shall have to speak.The English Utilitarians, Volume I. | Leslie Stephen
As in ethology and other deductive sciences, so in Statistics and History there are empirical laws.Analysis of Mr. Mill's System of Logic | William Stebbing
It must itself depend on laws of mind and character (psychology and ethology).The Idea of Progress | J. B. Bury
Etholog′ic, -al, relating to ethology: treating of morality.
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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