nat·​u·​ral·​ist | \ ˈna-chə-rə-list How to pronounce naturalist (audio) , ˈnach-rə- \

Definition of naturalist

1 : one that advocates or practices naturalism
2 : a student of natural history especially : a field biologist

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Recent Examples on the Web One reason is that 19th-century explorers, such as British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, did not spend much time on these islands. National Geographic, "10 new birds discovered in 'lost world'," 9 Jan. 2020 While luxury may be a component for some expedition lines, broadly speaking, lounging by the pool with a drink in hand comes second to lectures from guest scientists, naturalists, and historians. Judy Koutsky, Condé Nast Traveler, "Expedition Cruising 101: What You Need to Know," 2 Jan. 2020 Linda Paull, park manager and senior naturalist, gave a tour around the game that opened on November 20. cleveland, "Candy Land: only one more week at Miller Nature Preserve in Avon," 28 Dec. 2019 Now a slow trickle, the spring was once a gusher spewing up 10 to 20 feet from the earth, according to Rowena Ochiagha, also a master naturalist who regularly volunteers at the sanctuary. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "Volunteers maintain historic Headwaters Sanctuary, origin point of S.A.," 4 Jan. 2020 In 1831, naturalist Charles Darwin set out on a round-the-world voyage aboard the HMS Beagle., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 27 Dec. 2019 In addition to offering naturalist programs in nearby Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, the resort’s spa offers Celluma light therapy. Katie Jackson, USA TODAY, "Anti-aging resorts: 10 hotels and resorts promising to make travelers look (and feel) younger," 23 Dec. 2019 This beautiful book by poet-naturalist-photographer Elizabeth Bradfield brings new meaning to what literary and visual images can do for a kind of travel writing. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "Poet and naturalist Elizabeth Bradfield turns her vision south," 15 Dec. 2019 The species numbered in the hundreds of millions in the 1870s, by at least one naturalist’s count. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "North America Has Lost Nearly 3 Billion Birds Since 1970," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of naturalist

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Naturalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of naturalist

: a person who studies plants and animals as they live in nature


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: a person who studies nature and especially plants and animals as they live in nature

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