field guide


: an illustrated manual for identifying natural objects, flora, or fauna in nature

Examples of field guide in a Sentence

a field guide to the birds
Recent Examples on the Web Welcome to another edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2024 Extensive farming significantly reduced their populations in the state, though many of their colonies continue to exist in bogs, swamps and wet prairies, according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife's reptile field guide. Li Cohen, CBS News, 7 June 2024 That’s why Tom Ludlow, a field guide for The Arkaba Walk, laces up a pair of Merrell’s zMoab Adventure Mid waterproof hiking boots every morning. Lindsey Olander, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Oct. 2023 Binoculars and field guides might help, but are not necessary to get started. James Gorman, New York Times, 26 May 2024 And Loren Coleman, perhaps the foremost cryptozoologist and author of Bigfoot books, including a field guide describing five types going by about 500 different names. Miami Herald Archives, Miami Herald, 20 May 2024 In early childhood, Kaestner’s list began as a handwritten inventory in the back of a birding field guide. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 26 Feb. 2024 In someone else’s hands, this roughly 300-page book might have been a field guide or birding companion: workhorses for the serious hobbyist. Roxana Popescu, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 May 2024 There, we were met at reception by our field guide, Henry Woest, and our tracker, George Mnisi, who would spend three days showing us the incredible wildlife of the Sabi Sand reserve. Hannah Selinger, Travel + Leisure, 10 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of field guide was in 1877

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Cite this Entry

“Field guide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

field guide

: a small book with words and pictures for identifying plants, animals, or natural objects (as rocks) that are found in nature
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