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 These human practices are presented with cold disgust, in stark contrast to the way the film looks at the kaiju, with a naturalist’s curiosity and respect. Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, "My Heart Belongs to the MonsterVerse," 7 Apr. 2021 The naturalist and author Edward O. Wilson discovered this early in his scientific career, when a mentor sent him a note about a group of ants with strange, long mandibles that could spring shut like traps. New York Times, "Let Us Now Praise Tiny Ants," 5 Apr. 2021 Forty-five minute planetarium shows by naturalist Chris Mentrek are planned for April 25, May 23 and June 27 in the Robert McCullough Science Center. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Spring is in the air and the stars and park trails are calling: Valley Views," 31 Mar. 2021 Connie Cox, the lead interpretive naturalist at Itasca State Park, discusses the history and science behind this issue with Curious Minnesota podcast host Eric Roper. Eric Roper, Star Tribune, "Listen: Does the Mississippi River really begin at Lake Itasca?," 2 Apr. 2021 This non-profit works closely with the park, offering lectures, field classes in identifying birds and wildflowers, and Thursday treks with an expert naturalist. Hermione Hoby, Travel + Leisure, "Outside of Zion National Park, There's a Whole World to Explore," 29 Mar. 2021 Forest preserves are not only for recreation but also education about habitats, animals, birds, critters, reptiles, insects, worms and everything that can be found in nature, Opiola, an interpretive naturalist, contends. Jessi Virtusio,, "Get your hands dirty at Will County’s Earth Day Safari," 25 Mar. 2021 The exoskeletons the bugs leave sticking to trees may feature prominently in lessons — and natural arts and crafts, said Sarah Lank, a naturalist at the center and head of animal care. Christine Condon,, "Get ready, Maryland: The 17-year Brood X cicadas are coming in May," 4 Mar. 2021 The naturalist and philosopher once famously walked the 25 miles of beach connecting Provincetown to the tip of Cape Cod. New York Times, "A Critic of Technology Turns Her Gaze Inward," 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of naturalist

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Apr 2021

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“Naturalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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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