Definition of ecology in English:

ecology

Syllabification: e·col·o·gy
Pronunciation: /iˈkäləjē
 
/

noun

  • 1The branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.
    More example sentences
    • Masters and doctoral programs feature ecosystem ecology courses in restoration.
    • It always interested me why that happened, and why it happened at the same time that the science of ecology was born.
    • The emphasis is on horticultural aspects of reproductive biology and pollination ecology.
  • 2 (also Ecology) The political movement that seeks to protect the environment, especially from pollution.
    More example sentences
    • The women's and ecology movements are therefore one.
    • He has long been widely cited by many different branches of the radical ecology movement.

Derivatives

ecologist

noun
More example sentences
  • Both conservation biologists and behavioral ecologists should care greatly about integrating their fields.
  • The plan is signed by eminent ecologists and conservationists from around the world.
  • When I say we, I mean I identify myself with environmentalists and ecologists.

Origin

late 19th century (originally as oecology): from Greek oikos 'house' + -logy.

More definitions of ecology

Definition of ecology in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkɒlərəˈtjʊərə
noun
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody