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

Examples of naturalist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Palm Beach chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society hosts Roger L. Hammer, author, naturalist, photographer for a presentation on wildflowers in Palm Beach County. Cindy Kent, Sun Sentinel, 10 May 2022 The Victorian naturalist Philip Henry Gosse (1810-1888), caught in the rigidities of his low-church fundamentalism, often didn’t know what to do with his little boy Edmund, a moody child given to visions and dreams. Christoph Irmscher, WSJ, 17 Feb. 2022 The result is a biography written the way a naturalist, or a Montessori protégé, might. Rivka Galchen, Harper’s Magazine , 18 Jan. 2022 Robert Myers has spent the last 23 years hiking hundreds of miles of Kentucky State Park trails as part of his job as a naturalist for the system. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, 29 Apr. 2022 Darwin famously set sail on the HMS Beagle on December 27, 1831, as the ship's naturalist. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 5 Apr. 2022 And the Far & Away guides are a wonder — equal parts Sherpa, raconteur, majordomo, chef, and naturalist. Christopher Solomon, Travel + Leisure, 20 Mar. 2022 The university boasts the largest and most significant collection of Darwin material in the world, including the naturalist's personal library. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 5 Apr. 2022 Notebooks belonging to Charles Darwin — the English naturalist known for proposing the theory of evolution — were mysteriously returned to Cambridge University after they were likely stolen more than 20 years ago, the British institution said. Jason Duaine Hahn,, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 20 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of naturalist

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

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