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 (ĭ-thŏl′ə-jē, ē-thŏl′-)
1. The scientific study of animal behavior, especially as it occurs in a natural environment.
2. The study of human ethos and its formation.

[French éthologie, from Latin ēthologia, art of depicting character, from Greek ēthologiā : ēthos, character; see ethos + logos, speech, expression; see -logy.]

eth′o·log′i·cal (ĕth′ə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
e·thol′o·gist n.


(Zoology) 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]
ethological, ˌethoˈlogic adj
ˌethoˈlogically adv
eˈthologist n


(iˈθɒl ə dʒi, ɪˈθɒl-)

the study of animal behavior with emphasis on the patterns that occur in natural environments.
[1895–1900; earlier, as the study of relations between an organism and its environment < French éthologie,; see ethos]
e•tho•log•i•cal (ˌi θəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, ˌɛθ ə-) adj.
e`tho•log′i•cal•ly, adv.
e•thol′o•gist, n.


the science proposed by John Stuart MUI for the study of the character formation in humans. — ethologic, ethological, adj.
See also: Mankind
the study of animal behavior in relation to habitat. — ethologist, n. — ethological, adj.
See also: Animals


1. The branch of zoology that deals with animals in their normal environment.
2. Study of animal behavior.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ethology - the branch of zoology that studies the behavior of animals in their natural habitats
zoological science, zoology - the branch of biology that studies animals
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Ethologically, Gordia is classified as a grazing (pascichnia) or locomotion (repichnia) trace (Buatois et al.
Equally, other tasks they carry out, including livestock depredation and crop raiding, ethologically constrain capture by market and conservationist logics as they constitute undesirable encounters for those cohabiting with lions and elephants on the ground.
Ethologically, the appetite-stimulatory effect of the glucocorticoids serves to replenish the energy used when the stressful event subsides.
He is aware of her consciousness preying on his, perhaps almost to the extent of her awareness of how she might be represented in his mind, which may be a common enough reflection, but one that remains ethologically contentious.
Other ethologically derived measures (grooming, rearing, stretched attend postures, head dipping) were also registered.
Second, the majority of the experiments provided have not been conducted in an ethologically valid scenario.