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[nach-er-uh-list, nach-ruh-] /ˈnætʃ ər ə lɪst, ˈnætʃ rə-/
a person who studies or is an expert in natural history, especially a zoologist or botanist.
an adherent of naturalism in literature or art.
Origin of naturalist
First recorded in 1580-90; natural + -ist
Related forms
antinaturalist, noun, adjective
nonnaturalist, noun
Can be confused
naturalist, naturist, nudist. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for naturalist
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  • Let me narrate a fact interesting alike to the naturalist and meteorologist.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • The painter would not depict every twig, as would the naturalist.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • He cannot be a naturalist, until he satisfies all the demands of the spirit.

    Nature Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • If you are a naturalist, here are grand forests to contemplate.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • When I read a naturalist or a biologist I am always ashamed of what I have called a sport.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
British Dictionary definitions for naturalist


/ˈnætʃrəlɪst; -tʃərəl-/
a person who is expert or interested in botany or zoology, esp in the field
a person who advocates or practises naturalism, esp in art or literature
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for naturalist

"student of plants and animals," c.1600, from French naturaliste, from natural (see natural (adj.)). Earlier "one who studies natural, rather than spiritual, things" (1580s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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naturalist in Science
A person who specializes in natural history, especially in the study of plants and animals in their natural surroundings.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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