Origin of ethologyClassical Latin ethologia, character portrayal ; from Classical Greek ?thologia: see ethos and amp; -logy
- The scientific study of animal behavior, especially as it occurs in a natural environment.
- The study of human ethos and its formation.
Origin of ethologyFrench éthologie, from Latin &emacron;thologia, art of depicting character, from Greek &emacron;thologia : &emacron;thos, character; see ethos + logos, speech, expression; see –logy.
(countable and uncountable, plural ethologies)
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”).