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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.
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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.
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A fun and educational introduction to animal behaviour.
Several authors have discussed ongoing challenges with small sample sizes in between-groups zoological research and have cautioned against the inappropriate use of inferential statistics (Shepherdson, 2003, International Zoo Yearbook, 38, 118-124; Shepherdson, Lewis, Carlstead, et al., 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).
"Prior to joining the team I completed a BSC honours degree in animal behaviour at Liverpool John Moores University."
"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.