naturalist

[ nach-er-uh-list, nach-ruh- ]
/ ˈnætʃ ər ə lɪst, ˈnætʃ rə- /

noun

a person who studies or is an expert in natural history, especially a zoologist or botanist.
an adherent of naturalism in literature or art.

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Origin of naturalist

First recorded in 1580–90; natural + -ist

OTHER WORDS FROM naturalist

an·ti·nat·u·ral·ist, noun, adjectivenon·nat·u·ral·ist, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH naturalist

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British Dictionary definitions for naturalist

naturalist
/ (ˈnætʃrəlɪst, -tʃərəl-) /

noun

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
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Scientific definitions for naturalist

naturalist
[ năchər-ə-lĭst ]

A person who specializes in natural history, especially in the study of plants and animals in their natural surroundings.
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