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  1. a specialist in biology.
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Origin of biologist

First recorded in 1805–15; biolog(y) + -ist
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  • 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

  • His elbows were on the table, and he was looking eagerly at the biologist.

    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.

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