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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”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name):
      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 October 7, S. J. Bodio, A. Shilstone, “Pigeon Racing: Homing in on an 'invisible' sport”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name), volume 21, number 7, pages 80, 10p:
      Still, a pigeon's worldview -- its Umwelt, ...
    • 2006 June 24, Chris Arthur, “Empty Room”, in Southwest Review, volume 91, number 3, pages p295-312, 18p:
      ... a fragment snipped from the perplexing umwelt of Homo sapiens, our innumerable temporary enclosures.

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