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



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 Originlate 19th cent. (originally as oecology): from Greek oikos ‘house’ + -logy.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ecology