naturalist

noun nat·u·ral·ist \ ˈna-chə-rə-list , ˈnach-rə- \
|Updated on: 10 Jul 2018

Definition of naturalist

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

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in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of naturalist for English Language Learners

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


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naturalist

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

Definition of naturalist for Students

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

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