Etymology of ecology

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Oecologie (German) was coined by Ernst Haeckel to describe the discipline of science practiced by Alexander von Humboldt and other sciences [1, pp. 307]. It is adapted from the Greek term oikos meaning "household".


  1. Wulf, Andrea. The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World. First American Edition. New York: Vintage Books, 2015.