naturalist

noun
nat·​u·​ral·​ist | \ ˈna-chə-rə-list, 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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As Russell Jackson reports for the Scotsman, volunteer naturalists recently found a cluster of tiny white-letter hairstreak eggs on an elm tree in Lennel, a hamlet near the country of Berwickshire. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "This Butterfly Recently Returned to Scotland. Now, It’s Laying Eggs," 19 Feb. 2018 Our path roughly follows that of one of the world’s most famous explorers and naturalists, Roy Chapman Andrews. Jason Harper, Condé Nast Traveler, "On the Hunt for Dinosaur Bones in the Gobi Desert," 20 July 2018 In addition to 30 children age 3 years and 9 months through age 5, the school will have four educators, a naturalist, and a variety of animals. Jill Terreri Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "A place for youngsters to roam and learn in nature," 2 June 2018 One of the greatest celebrities of all, the naturalist Sir David Attenborough, has more than a dozen species named in his honor. Kevin Thiele, Smithsonian, "Why Scientists Name Species," 28 Apr. 2018 Dialect is usually a tool of the naturalist writer. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "‘The William H. Gass Reader’ Review: The Speech of the Land Was Part of Him," 1 Nov. 2018 Celebrity Cruise’s Xpedition only ferries 100 passengers and holds nightly lectures by naturalists from Galápagos National Park. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 But by April of 1848, 24 men had died, including Franklin and the expedition’s assistant surgeon, naturalist Harry Goodsir. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Strands of hair shed light on doomed 19th-century Arctic expedition," 30 Sep. 2018 Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright stars as a naturalist and wolf expert drawn to Alaska by a woman (American Honey’s Riley Keough) who says wolves killed her young son. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "On Netflix’s complicated Hold the Dark shoot, gratitude was the hardest part," 3 Oct. 2018

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1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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naturalist

noun

English Language Learners Definition of naturalist

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

naturalist

noun
nat·​u·​ral·​ist | \ ˈna-chə-rə-list, 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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