preparator

noun
pre·​par·​a·​tor | \ pri-ˈper-ə-tər How to pronounce preparator (audio) , pri-ˈpa-rə-tər \

Definition of preparator

: one that prepares specifically : a person who prepares scientific specimens or museum displays

Examples of preparator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The once hard-to-find venue with terrible climate control and poor access for the disabled will soon be an institution unto itself: galleries, preparator’s studio, education studio, lobby, offices, and an elevator. BostonGlobe.com, "MassArt Art Museum," 11 Oct. 2019 But as preparators carefully removed excess rock, Wang realized that the animal wasn't a bird at all. National Geographic, "New species of bat-wing dinosaur discovered," 8 May 2019 Eight preparators were working at that moment at different fossils. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Who Needs Jurassic Park When We Have Liaoning, China," 21 Apr. 2018 Eight preparators were working at that moment at different fossils. Stefen Chow, Smithsonian, "The Great Chinese Dinosaur Boom," 19 Apr. 2018 But as preparators carefully removed excess rock, Wang realized that the animal wasn't a bird at all. National Geographic, "New species of bat-wing dinosaur discovered," 8 May 2019 Eight preparators were working at that moment at different fossils. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Who Needs Jurassic Park When We Have Liaoning, China," 21 Apr. 2018 Eight preparators were working at that moment at different fossils. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Who Needs Jurassic Park When We Have Liaoning, China," 21 Apr. 2018 Many of the slabs have been transferred to Beijing, where preparators are getting them ready for display. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Who Needs Jurassic Park When We Have Liaoning, China," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of preparator

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for preparator

early Scots preparatore, borrowed from Late Latin praeparātor, from Latin praeparāre "to prepare" + -tor, agent suffix

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“Preparator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preparator. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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