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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.
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(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
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(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.
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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
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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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(Stein 1973b, 155-57) And while Stein dismissively tells her reader that "pigeons [have] nothing to do with it" and that she is really after arrangements of numbers, it is interesting to consider the level of detailed ethological description that appears in these detective stories and in particular the ways that such description operates to give an account of the exact body postures of the pigeons in relation to one another, as well as the order of their arrival.
De Waal dwells on pioneers such as Karl von Frisch, who "discovered that honeybees use a waggle dance to communicate distant food locations" (11); Konrad Lorenz, "the maestro of observation" who "urged us to grasp the whole animal before zooming in on its various parts" (19); and Niko Tinbergen, who de Waal says "best spelled out the ethological agenda and turned the field into a respectable science" (41).
The ecological and ethological aspects in the larval feeding of fishes have received attention from aquatic ecologists and fishery biologists (Lazarro, 1987; Rao, 2003).
Socrates's activity in repeating it the next day is an "ethological" mimesis of properly pious liturgy.
This test is globally used in ethological practices by the scientists and is more accurately result oriented (Meng et al., 2010).
Morphological and ethological adaptations for prey capture in wolf spiders (Araneae, Lycosidae).
Behaviours such as freezing, stretch attend postures, and head-dips are some of the ethological parameters that can give an indication of the anxiety and behavioural state of the test mouse [24].
To better model patient symptoms, current pain-like behavioural techniques could be improved with the addition of ethological testing such as burrowing and spontaneous wheel-running assays.
He applies a top-down approach, discussing the description of other possible minds in non-humans and how this links to experimental and ethological explorations into non-human organismsAE cognitive abilities and capacities, and the unique connection between natural language and naturally possible minds.
Utility of ethological analysis to overcome locomotor confounds in elevated maze models of anxiety.