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

Only a quick 10 minute ride, the park's two restaurants, cocktail lounge, observation decks, hiking trails, and attractions like the natural history museum await you. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "What to Do on Your Next Trip to Palm Springs," 5 Mar. 2019 The natural history museum houses some of Brazil’s most precious pieces of archeology, zoology, anthropology, and paleontology—roughly 20 million items in total. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Brazil Mourns Loss of Rio de Janeiro's National Museum After Devastating Fire," 4 Sep. 2018 According to The Atlantic, Swift got dozens of crow bodies from Seattle’s natural history museum, and recruited a friend to taxidermy the birds. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Why Do Crows Have Sex with the Dead?," 21 July 2018 The mammoth building exhibits a smorgasbord of natural history and ethnography in a prime corner near Hyde Park. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Museums in Sydney," 23 Mar. 2018 Throughout natural history there have been as many as 250 species of rhinoceros. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Unicorns Rhinos Were Real and Lived With Humans, New Study Says," 27 Nov. 2018 Paleontology wouldn’t exist without people who walked around, looking at natural history and fossils in particular and wondering what made this, where does this come from, what forces of nature caused this to exist in my hand right now. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "A dinosaur obsession leads to stolen fossils and prison time in this new book," 15 Oct. 2018 American Museum of Natural History Truly one of the world's great natural history museums, the American Museum of Natural History spans four city blocks just across from Central Park. John Wogan, Condé Nast Traveler, "25 Best Museums in New York City," 27 Feb. 2018 Last month, the long-dead animals surfaced — reincarnated as exhibits at Israel's new natural history museum, which is set to open in July. Oded Balilty, Fox News, "AP PHOTOS: Long-dead critters animate Israel's nature museum," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of natural history

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of natural history

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

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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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