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From German Umwelt (environment). More at um-, Welt.



Umwelt (plural Umwelts or Umwelten)

  1. One's surroundings or environment; the outer world as perceived by organisms within it.
    • 1979, Kyril Bonfiglioli, “After You with the Pistol”:
      It seems that these S-E-A-Values are all about what ethnologists call the Umwelt — the area of alarm around members of the brute creation, such as human beings.
    • 1990 Oct, Vol. 21 Issue 7, p80, 10p, 7, S. J. Bodio, A. Shilstone, “Pigeon Racing: Homing in on an 'invisible' sport”:
      Still, a pigeon's worldview -- its Umwelt, ...
    • 2006 Vol. 91 Issue 3, p295-312, 18p, Chris Arthur, “Empty Room”, Southwest Review:
      ... a fragment snipped from the perplexing umwelt of Homo sapiens, our innumerable temporary enclosures.


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Umwelt f (genitive Umwelt, plural Umwelten)

  1. environment (area around something)

This German entry was created from the translations listed at environment. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see Umwelt in the German Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) April 2008