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ECOLOGY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ecology mean? 

ECOLOGY (noun)
  The noun ECOLOGY has 2 senses:

1. the environment as it relates to living organisms
2. the branch of biology concerned with the relations between organisms and their environment

  Familiarity information: ECOLOGY used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ECOLOGY (noun)


Sense 1ecology [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The environment as it relates to living organisms

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

it changed the ecology of the island

Hypernyms ("ecology" is a kind of...):

environment (the totality of surrounding conditions)


Sense 2ecology [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The branch of biology concerned with the relations between organisms and their environment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

bionomics; environmental science; ecology

Hypernyms ("ecology" is a kind of...):

biological science; biology (the science that studies living organisms)

Domain member category:

endemic (native to or confined to a certain region)

cosmopolitan; widely distributed (growing or occurring in many parts of the world)

ecological niche; niche ((ecology) the status of an organism within its environment and community (affecting its survival as a species))

ecological succession; succession ((ecology) the gradual and orderly process of change in an ecosystem brought about by the progressive replacement of one community by another until a stable climax is established)

ecesis; establishment ((ecology) the process by which a plant or animal becomes established in a new habitat)

food cycle; food web ((ecology) a community of organisms where there are several interrelated food chains)

food pyramid ((ecology) a hierarchy of food chains with the principal predator at the top; each level preys on the level below)

food chain ((ecology) a community of organisms where each member is eaten in turn by another member)

association ((ecology) a group of organisms (plants and animals) that live together in a certain geographical region and constitute a community with a few dominant species)

biotic community; community ((ecology) a group of interdependent organisms inhabiting the same region and interacting with each other)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ecology"):

palaeoecology; paleoecology (the branch of ecology that studies ancient ecology)

Domain member category:

eutrophic ((ecology) of a lake or other body of water rich in nutrients and subject to eutrophication)


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