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  1. a specialist in biology.

Origin of biologist

First recorded in 1805–15; biolog(y) + -ist
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Examples from the Web for biologist

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Historical Examples

  • When I read a naturalist or a biologist I am always ashamed of what I have called a sport.

  • But the biologist cannot devitalize a plant or an animal and revivify it again.

  • No; no use arguing from the point of view of the biologist and chemist, Brenton.

    The Brentons

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • Rather like a biologist planning the details of an interesting vivisection.


    James H Schmitz

  • And immediately the domestic arrangement of the biologist were clear to her.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square

    Melville Davisson Post

Word Origin and History for biologist


1813, from biology + -ist. Earliest use is in reference to human life. In modern scientific sense, by 1874.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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