field guide

noun

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

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Fox said a field guide alerted the Anti-Poaching Unit that there appeared to be human remains and poaching weapons near the lions earlier this week. Gina Martinez, Time, "A Pride of Lions Killed and Ate a Group of Rhino Poachers Who Broke Into a Wildlife Reserve," 5 July 2018 In the 1970s, the books proliferated as professional players and caddies, in search of a legal edge, turned to the course field guides compiled by pioneers like Mark Long, who has followed the high-tech path. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "At the Masters, Low-Tech Data Still Rules," 7 Apr. 2018 The following day, a field guide noticed what appeared to be human remains near the lions. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Lions killed poachers, leaving behind shoes, rifles and 'not much' else, officials say," 5 July 2018 Two of the three smaller species may cause some confusion, but with a good look and a field guide, most birds can be identified as to species. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "You’ll have no regrets in search for egrets – and herons, too," 11 July 2018 The desert component was the regional press, these small shops in the Southwest that printed up their own field guides, rockhound books, trail & wildlife guides. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Publishing the Best of the Desert: An Interview With Ken Layne," 25 Apr. 2018 For a little help with all this, try a field guide or uswildflowers.com/wfquery.php?State=OH. Grant Segall, cleveland.com, "Where to see spring wildflowers in Greater Cleveland, while they last (photos)," 11 May 2018 Here’s your field guide to the major benefits packed in six different kinds of beans. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "6 Healthiest Beans You Can Eat," 15 Aug. 2016 Motherhood joins How Should a Person Be? and Women in Clothes to form what might be read as a field guide to womanhood in a particular literary-bohemian milieu. Molly Fischer, The Cut, "Should Sheila Heti Have a Baby?," 1 May 2018

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1877, in the meaning defined above

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field guide

noun

English Language Learners Definition of field guide

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

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