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.

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Canyoneers is one of the few trail-guide groups nationwide affiliated with a natural history museum rather than a park or reserve. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: It’s perfect time of year for Canyoneer Hikes," 14 Sep. 2019 Europe’s natural history museums rushed to acquire track-bearing slabs cut from the quarry’s sandstone surface. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, "The Long, Strange Tale of the Hand Beast Footprints," 11 Sep. 2019 Visiting New York City's Mecca for any natural history fanatic. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (August 25)," 22 Aug. 2019 Canyoneers are citizen scientists and volunteers who have had comprehensive training by museum scientists and local experts on the natural history of the region. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: It’s perfect time of year for Canyoneer Hikes," 14 Sep. 2019 His work has helped rewrite the natural histories of many locations around the globe by reconstructing ecosystems as much as 450,000 years old, and maybe older. Quanta Magazine, "Ancient DNA Yields Snapshots of Vanished Ecosystems," 29 May 2019 Lynda specializes in coverage of the environment, natural history, and Native American tribes. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Man arrested in connection with Port Angeles fire that left 4 dead," 7 July 2019 There are more than 60,000 objects of natural history, anthropology, history and art. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer in Arizona: Locals share 100 fun ways to survive the 100-degree heat in Phoenix," 1 July 2019 First, the natural history and topography is stunning and incomparable. Pat Lenhoff,, "Column: America still is great. But my European vacation allowed me to reassess what it does best.," 19 June 2019

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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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