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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From there, travel to the Galapagos archipelago for six days and walk in the footsteps of famed naturalist Charles Darwin. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "6 Luxury Pre-Planned Trips You Need to Book Immediately," 15 Mar. 2019 Nature Tots Meets 4th Thursday: Kids (ages 2-4) and parents can join a parks naturalist and learn about nature with stories, songs, arts and crafts. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Fort Lauderdale area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 But the Enlightenment overthrew hierarchy, starting in the 17th century with Newton and other naturalists. Allen C. Guelzo, WSJ, "America Was Always an Exceptional Nation, but Is It Still?," 23 Nov. 2018 Explore the inlets and navigate around the islands with naturalists and look for birds from the water. Paige Fumo Fox, Daily Southtown, "Ahoy, paddlers: Local lakes and rivers beckon," 13 June 2018 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,, "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

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First Known Use of naturalist

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of naturalist

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


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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