field guide


Definition of 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 For our field guide to decision making, Quartz spoke to more than a dozen experts, and reviewed books and research to distill the critical steps. Walter Frick, Quartz at Work, "How to improve your decision-making process," 6 Sep. 2020 Here are three ways a field guide will help open your eyes to the natural world. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Reasons to Always Carry a Field Guide," 8 May 2020 Like the late naturalist Roger Tory Peterson, whose field guides defined American ornithology for generations, Sibley has an exacting eye for detail. Danny Heitman, The Christian Science Monitor, "What are birds doing? David Allen Sibley knows.," 20 May 2020 Check out its new at-home learning program, which offers field guides and lesson plans for kindergarten through 12th grade. Leslie Hsu Oh, Outside Online, "Ocean Nerds, Check Out These Online Experiences," 27 Apr. 2020 Grab some binoculars and a field guide, which are readily available online, and get outside. oregonlive, "In the time of coronavirus, look to the garden to keep you busy and quiet your mind," 1 Apr. 2020 Become a member to watch this video Quartz’s Walter Frick and Michael Rapoport, author of this week’s field guide, discuss accounting at a crossroads. Michael Rapoport, Quartz, "Watch: Our call on accounting at a crossroads," 2 Feb. 2020 Plant Magic is a crash course, a field guide, and a reference primer sure to delight those who are already curious about the healing properties of plants. Mackenzie Fegan, Bon Appétit, "The Cookbook That Makes Herbal Medicine Totally Approachable," 15 Apr. 2020 Roots, leaves, pine needles; the man was basically a walking field guide. Aj Willingham, CNN, "The highest praise an artist can get," 6 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of field guide

1877, in the meaning defined above

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17 Sep 2020

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“Field guide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of field guide

: a book that helps you to identify birds, plants, animals, rocks, etc.

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