- 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
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Examples from the Web for natural history
Our natural-history books deal only with those that are alive now.Extinct Monsters
H. N. Hutchinson
The Jews were indeed great in the natural-history department.Frauds and Follies of the Fathers
Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
His Beagle voyage is a regular magazine of natural-history knowledge.Under the Maples
Collections of Natural-History objects, carefully named and arranged.Book Collecting
John Herbert Slater
Fourth report on additions to the batrachian collection in the Natural-History Museum.Middle American Frogs of the Hyla microcephala Group
William E. Duellman
- 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
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- 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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- 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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