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natural history

the sciences, as botany, mineralogy, or zoology, dealing with the study of all objects in nature: used especially in reference to the beginnings of these sciences in former times.
the study of these sciences.
Origin of natural history
First recorded in 1560-70
Related forms
natural historian, noun Unabridged
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  • The illustration he had borrowed from natural history was most apt.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • The following day we were shewn the museum of natural history.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • The natural history of the ancients is not enshrined in Aristotle and Pliny.

  • Come, my friend, you're practising on my ignorance of natural history.

    Among the Pines

    James R. Gilmore
  • I can't get into good humor for natural history in this weather.

    Hortus Inclusus John Ruskin
British Dictionary definitions for natural history

natural history

the study of animals and plants in the wild state
the study of all natural phenomena
the sum of these phenomena in a given place or at a given time: the natural history of Iran
Derived Forms
natural historian, noun
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natural history in Medicine

natural history n.

  1. The study and description of organisms and natural objects, especially their origins, evolution, and interrelationships.

  2. A collection of facts about the development of a natural process or object.

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natural history in Science
natural history  
The study and description of living things and natural objects, especially their origins, evolution, and relationships to one another. Natural history includes the sciences of zoology, mineralogy, geology, and paleontology.
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