ecological

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ecology +‎ -ical

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  • IPA(key): /ˌiːkəˈlɒd͡ʒɪkl̩/

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ecological (comparative more ecological, superlative most ecological)

  1. Relating to ecology, the interrelationships of organisms and their environment.
    • 2013 May-June, Katie L. Burke, “In the News”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 193: 
      Bats host many high-profile viruses that can infect humans, including severe acute respiratory syndrome and Ebola. A recent study explored the ecological variables that may contribute to bats’ propensity to harbor such zoonotic diseases by comparing them with another order of common reservoir hosts: rodents.
  2. Not harmful to the environment.

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