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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The scientific study of animal behavior, especially as it occurs in a natural environment.
  • n. The study of human ethos and its formation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The scientific study of human and animal behaviour.
  • n. The study of the human ethos.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A treatise on morality; ethics.
  • n. The science of the formation of character, national and collective as well as individual.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The science of ethics; especially, applied ethics.
  • n. Mimicry.
  • n. Same as æcology.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the branch of zoology that studies the behavior of animals in their natural habitats

Etymologies

French éthologie, from Latin ēthologia, art of depicting character, from Greek ēthologiā : ēthos, character; see ethos + logos, speech, expression; see -logy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin ēthologia ("the art of depicting or imitating character"), from the Ancient Greek ἠθολογία (ēthologia, "painting of character, especially by mimic gestures"), from ἠθολόγος (ēthologos, "painting character by mimic gestures"), from ἦθος (ēthos, "character”, especially “moral character"). (Wiktionary)

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