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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.
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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
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e•thol•o•gy(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.
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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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