natural history


: a treatise on some aspect of nature
: the natural development of something (such as an organism or disease) over a period of time
: 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 In the trailer, viewers will be introduced to six iconic worlds ruled by the fierce and formidable matriarchs of the animal world, setting the stage for a series that transcends everything that people currently know about natural history programming. Okla Jones, Essence, 8 Feb. 2024 The specimens are intended to highlight the value of natural history and collections, especially as our environment shifts. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Jan. 2024 By digging beyond the bears’ reputation, the researchers gleaned a more accurate understanding of the California grizzly’s biology and natural history. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Jan. 2024 Kelvingrove is a Victorian pile focused on art, technology, and natural history, so Quant’s designs and clothes were delightful disruptions. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 21 Dec. 2023 But the grizzly was last seen in California in 1924 and became extinct so quickly there are very few natural history notes available and fewer than 100 historical skins and skeletons in existence, according to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2024 Queens is an epic, six-part natural history docuseries that follows six powerful sisterhoods within the animal kingdom where females rule. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 22 Dec. 2023 The Place: On the pebbled avenue at 12th Street, on the north side of the Mall between the Smithsonian’s museums of natural history and American history. Blake Gopnik, New York Times, 18 Aug. 2023 Travelers here can expect to encounter some of the best natural history experiences in the country. Drew Kluska, Travel + Leisure, 25 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of natural history was in 1534

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Cite this Entry

“Natural history.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

natural history

: the study of natural objects and especially plants and animals as they live in nature from an amateur or popular point of view

Medical Definition

natural history

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

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