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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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Hence the study of animal behaviour has been gradually led to abandon all attempt at mental interpretation.
Proceedings of the 51st Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology: Understanding Animal Behaviour
2013, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 147, 298-277; Swaisgood, 2007, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 102, 139-162; Swaisgood, Shepherdson, 2005, Zoo Biology, 24, 499-518).
The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) will bring together veterinarians, vet nurses and industry professionals in Fremantle, Western Australia to learn the latest in animal behaviour and medicine.
But I decided to study animal behaviour instead because I had done work experience with a vet and it was too much of animals asleep on the table and me cutting them up and not enough interaction.
This will be her first job since graduating in the summer with a degree in animal behaviour and welfare.
Animal Behaviour by Charlotte Uhlenbroek (DK, pounds 30).
To become a pet behaviour counsellor you would need to combine knowledge of the theory of animal behaviour with practical skills and experience of handling animals.
To become a pet behaviour counsellor youwould need to combine knowledge of the theory of animal behaviour with practical skills and experience of handling animals.

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