natural history


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

the natural history of bees We went to the Natural History Museum.
Recent Examples on the Web The fossil popped up this week, listed as the star attraction for a new museum of natural history that will open in Abu Dhabi in 2025. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 26 Mar. 2022 Although the book is more cultural history than natural history, the bald eagle and its impressive abilities are highlighted. Olive Fellows, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Feb. 2022 Many of our state symbols represent the unique aspects of Ohio’s natural history and showcase the incredible diversity and richness of our state. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 21 Feb. 2022 The Bald Eagle is the rare natural history that plays as a comedy. Nathaniel Rich, The Atlantic, 15 Feb. 2022 As for material to work with, there are metric tons of material in Alaska for a writer of natural history and science. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Nov. 2021 Demonstrating that the natural history museum goes well beyond dioramas, Futter added, the new building makes the point that academic study can lead to concrete solutions. New York Times, 28 Mar. 2022 For National Geographic, reporter Michael Greshko has revealed the dinosaur will be housed in a new natural history museum in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Mar. 2022 Meanwhile, BBC Content has appointed Anna Dickeson as commissioning editor, documentaries, working with Clare Sillery and Jack Bootle on documentaries, history, religion, science and natural history content based in Leeds. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of natural history

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 May 2022

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“Natural history.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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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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