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ethology (ee-THOL-uh-jee) noun
The study of animals' behavior in their natural environments.
[From French éthologie, coined by Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, zoologist (1805-1861).]
"Field biologists such as Poole and Goodall, who've each spent decades
studying the behavior of animals in their natural habitats, do not doubt
that elephants, chimpanzees and other creatures feel intense, humanlike
emotions - from happiness, sadness and anger to perhaps even love and
embarrassment... Research by (Marc) Bekoff and others - in fields
ranging from ethology to neurobiology - is beginning to provide
scientific support for the notion that animals feel a wide range of
This week's theme: coined words.
It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth. -Charles Caleb Colton, author and clergyman (1780-1832)