ecology[ē käl′ə jē]
- Ecology is defined as the branch of science that studies how people or organisms relate to each other and their environment.
An example of ecology is studying the food chain in a wetlands area.
An example of ecology is the study of wetlands.
- the branch of biology that deals with the relations between living organisms and their environment
- the complex of relations between a specific organism and its environment
- Sociology the study of the relationship and adjustment of human groups to their geographical and social environments
Origin of ecologyGerman ökologie ; from Classical Greek oikos (see eco-) + -logia, -logy
- a. The science of the relationships between organisms and their environments.b. The relationship between organisms and their environment.
- See human ecology.
Origin of ecologyGerman &Odie;kologie : Greek oikos, house; see weik-1 in Indo-European roots + German -logie, study (from Greek -logiā, -logy).
- ec′o·log′i·cal , ec′o·log′ic
(countable and uncountable, plural ecologies)
From German Ökologie, from Ancient Greek οἶκος (oikos, “house”) + -λογία (-logia, “study of”)