ethology

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ethology the branch of zoology that studies the behavior of animals in their natural habitats
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ethology A treatise on morality; ethics.
    • Ethology The science of the formation of character, national and collective as well as individual.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ethology The science of ethics; especially, applied ethics.
    • n ethology Mimicry.
    • n ethology Same as æcology.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ethology ē-thol′o-ji a discourse on ethics: the science of character
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. a depicting of character; custom, moral nature + to speak
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. ēthos, custom, logia, a discourse.

Usage

In literature:

It must itself depend on laws of mind and character (psychology and ethology).
"The Idea of Progress" by J. B. Bury
Associated Words: ethology, ethologist.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
Why use the word mores.+ "Ethica," in the Greek sense, or "ethology," as above defined, would be good names for our present work.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
In the foregoing I have discussed the ethological relations of ants to a variety of other organisms.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
ETHOLOGY, OR THE SCIENCE OF THE FORMATION OF CHARACTER.
"Analysis of Mr. Mill's System of Logic" by William Stebbing
OF ETHOLOGY, OR THE SCIENCE OF THE FORMATION OF CHARACTER.
"A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive" by John Stuart Mill
The Mighty Gristmille gave her no time to recover but plunged right ahead with his ethological processes concerning herself.
"The Shriek" by Charles Somerville
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In news:

Huxley urged Bowlby to read Konrad Lorenz, considered the father of modern ethology, particularly Lorenz's work on imprinting in newborn goslings, a phenomenon by which the infant birds attach themselves to the first moving object they see.
Ethology--popular especially in Europe--is the study of innate behaviors , which "ethological" trainers base their methods on.
"Thinking only along the lines of ethology is limiting and doesn't tell us much about what is going on in human horse interactions, such as training," McLean said.
In 1919, after prolonged study, the Harvard ethologist William Morton Wheeler pronounced the male wasp 'an ethological non-entity.
Think about the emerald green of the Posidonia shrimp, the sly appearance of small blennies, the elegance of the tiny prairie star Asterina gibbosa, and the complex ethology of small decapods such as Cestopagurus timidus, Munida spp.
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In science:

This is true, for example, of cosmology, chemistry, molecular biology, geology, ethology, neuroscience.
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?
The elevated plus-maze: pharmacology, methodology and ethology.
Anxiety as a Factor in the Development of Autistic Spectrum Symptoms: an Experimental Study
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