field guide


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

Example Sentences

a field guide to the birds
Recent Examples on the Web This costume comes with an awesome vest and hat, a pair of binoculars, a magnifying glass, field guide, compass and plenty more. Blaine Callahan, Hartford Courant, 5 Oct. 2022 In producing the field guide, Lanford took advantage of Hills Bros. designers’ frequent changes. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 23 July 2022 Paramount Pictures Based on the book series of the same name, this fantasy film follows three children who discover a field guide to fairies while encountering various magical creatures such as goblins, ogres, and trolls. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 19 July 2022 Leahy writes books about birds, including some of the Peterson field guide series published by Houghton Mifflin. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, 27 July 2021 Welcome to another edition of your reliable field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. Sonaiya Kelleystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2022 This is a key chapter in the how to imbibe field guide. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 2 June 2022 And then there's the old-fashioned way, which is to begin by purchasing a good field guide to birds. Val Cunningham Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 15 June 2021 Think of these public places as a Greater L.A. field guide to all the ways that a person might look and behave. Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan. 2022 See More

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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 27 Nov. 2022.

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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