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Definition of ecology noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ecology

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//iˈkɒlədʒi//
 
; NAmE NAmE//iˈkɑːlədʒi//
 
[uncountable] Conservation
 
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the relation of plants and living creatures to each other and to their environment; the study of this plant/animal/human ecology the ecology movement Oil pollution could damage the fragile ecology of the coral reefs. See related entries: Conservation Word Origin late 19th cent. (originally as oecology): from Greek oikos ‘house’ + -logy.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ecology