Definitions for natural history

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nat′ural his′tory(n.)

  1. the study of organisms and natural objects, esp. with reference to their history and native environment.

    Category: Biology

Origin of natural history:

1560–70

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

Wiktionary

  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.

Freebase

  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)


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natural history

the study of plants and animals.

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