natural history

noun
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018

Definition of natural history

1 : a treatise on some aspect of nature
2 : the natural development of something (such as an organism or disease) over a period of time
3 : the study of natural objects especially in the field from an amateur or popular point of view

Examples of natural history in a Sentence

  1. the natural history of bees

  2. We went to the Natural History Museum.

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First Known Use of natural history

1534

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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NATURAL HISTORY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of natural history for English Language Learners

  • : the study of plants, animals, and sometimes ancient human civilizations


Medical Dictionary

natural history

noun

medical Definition of natural history

: the natural development of something (as an organism or disease) over a period of time
  • increasing knowledge of the natural histories of tumors
  • —H. S. N. Greene


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