natural history


noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. natural frequency,
  2. natural gas,
  3. natural gender,
  4. natural harmonics,
  5. natural hat trick,
  6. natural immunity,
  7. natural justice,
  8. natural killer cell,
  9. natural language,
  10. natural law

Origin of natural history

First recorded in 1560–70

Related formsnatural historian, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for natural history

natural history

noun

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 timethe natural history of Iran
Derived Formsnatural historian, noun

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Medicine definitions for natural history

natural history

n.

The study and description of organisms and natural objects, especially their origins, evolution, and interrelationships.
A collection of facts about the development of a natural process or object.

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Science definitions for natural history

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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