Definitions for natural history

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. natural history(noun)

    the scientific study of plants or animals (more observational than experimental) usually published in popular magazines rather than in academic journals


  1. natural history(Noun)

    The study of all living things, especially their origins, evolution and interrelationships.

  2. natural history(Noun)

    The study of all natural phenomena.

  3. natural history(Noun)

    A treatise or similar work that summarizes the known facts of either of the above.


  1. Natural history

    Natural history is the study of organisms including plants or animals in their environment, leaning more towards observational than experimental methods of study. It encompasses scientific research but is not limited to it, with articles nowadays more often published in magazines than in academic journals. Grouped among the natural sciences, natural history is the systematic study of any category of natural objects or organisms. That is a very broad designation in a world filled with many narrowly focused disciplines. So while natural history dates historically from studies in the ancient Greco-Roman world and the mediaeval Arabic world, through to the scattered European Renaissance scientists working in near isolation, today's field is more of a cross discipline umbrella of many specialty sciences. For example, geobiology has a strong multi-disciplinary nature combining scientists and scientific knowledge of many specialty sciences. A person who studies natural history is known as a naturalist or "natural historian".

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Natural History

    A former branch of knowledge embracing the study, description, and classification of natural objects (as animals, plants, and minerals) and thus including the modern sciences of zoology, botany, and mineralogy insofar as they existed at that time. In the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries it was much used for the generalized pursuit of certain areas of science. (Webster, 3d ed; from Dr. James H. Cassedy, NLM History of Medicine Division)

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Theodore Roosevelt:

    While my interest in natural history has added very little to my sum of achievement, it has added immeasurably to my sum of enjoyment in life.

  2. David Attenborough:

    I make natural history programs on television, now, if you do that with the regularity I do, you have a hugely privileged position. And so you don't want to start talking about things that you aren't sure are true.

  3. John Adams:

    I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.

  4. Eric Garcetti:

    I don’t think that ‘Night at the Museum’ was an accurate depiction of what happens when the lights go down at the Museum of Natural History, but it still could get people excited about history, i hope ‘San Andreas’ will be a good popcorn thriller that awakens people about the importance of getting prepared for the big quake that is long overdue to happen.

  5. David Goldthorpe:

    . Sotheby's will offer the egg at an auction on Thursday. It said it was estimated at 30,000 - 50,000 pounds( $ 76,410). In the 19th century they were greatly prized as sort of natural history curios by collectors, so a lot of them were collected then. But it's very rare to find them intact as this one is, they're often reassembled from broken parts. They're often found in remnants of fires from early settlers of Madagascar, which indicates they were probably used for food, which has contributed to the bird's extinction.

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Translations for natural history

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  • luonnonhistoria, luonnontiedeFinnish
  • природонаука, природознаниеMacedonian
  • природове́дениеRussian
  • naturhistoriaSwedish

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