naturalist

noun
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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Roosevelt, ever the naturalist, takes the land as his starting point, introducing man only as a detail in the landscape. Declan Leary, National Review, "Theodore Roosevelt on the Range," 12 Sep. 2019 The fossil footprints, discovered during a construction project, confounded the great naturalists of the day. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, "The Long, Strange Tale of the Hand Beast Footprints," 11 Sep. 2019 Apodaca and the naturalist say a Douglas fir in a grassy area north of the state Capitol in Santa Fe is a moon tree. USA TODAY, "Charlottesville remembered, drive-thru ban, ketchup karma: News from around our 50 states," 13 Aug. 2019 Copperheads are part of the ecosystem Although copperheads are venomous and should be avoided, the reptiles are integral to the food chains of the Brown County area, according to Patrick Hauler, the park’s interpretive naturalist. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "A copperhead bit a 7-year-old at a campsite. Here’s what you should know about the snakes.," 15 July 2019 Mark Ross, wearing the wolverine fur, is a naturalist at Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks. Anchorage Daily News, "A 60-mile walk under the midnight sun, with no stops for sleep," 22 June 2019 Here, the English naturalist famously observed that the islands’ finches (later named in his honor) had beaks that varied from island to island, depending on local conditions and food sources. National Geographic, "EXPLORE THE WORLD WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC," 7 June 2019 Stimpson's experiences as its explorer-naturalist shaped the rest of his career. Smithsonian, "The Hard-Drinking Early Smithsonian Naturalists of the Megatherium Club," 4 Sep. 2019 The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recognizing the contributions of its first African American naturalist. USA TODAY, "Space dummy, Bigfoot denial, pumped-up pumpkin: News from around our 50 states," 2 Sep. 2019

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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 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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