natural history
noun Date: 1567 1. a treatise on some aspect of nature 2. the natural development of something (as an organism or disease) over a period of time 3. the study of natural objects especially in the field from an amateur or popular point of view

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  • Natural History — or (in Latin) Naturalis Historia is the scientific study of plants or animals.Natural History may also refer to:In science and medicine: * Natural History (Pliny) , Naturalis Historia , a 1st century work by Pliny the Elder * Natural History… …   Wikipedia

  • Natural history — Natural Nat u*ral (?; 135), a. [OE. naturel, F. naturel, fr. L. naturalis, fr. natura. See {Nature}.] 1. Fixed or determined by nature; pertaining to the constitution of a thing; belonging to native character; according to nature; essential;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • natural history — Natural Nat u*ral (?; 135), a. [OE. naturel, F. naturel, fr. L. naturalis, fr. natura. See {Nature}.] 1. Fixed or determined by nature; pertaining to the constitution of a thing; belonging to native character; according to nature; essential;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Natural History — Beschreibung Fachzeitschrift Fachgebiet Naturwissenschaften Sprache Englisch …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Natural history — History His to*ry, n.; pl. {Histories}. [L. historia, Gr. istori a history, information, inquiry, fr. istwr, istwr, knowing, learned, from the root of ? to know; akin to E. wit. See {Wit}, and cf. {Story}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A learning or knowing …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • natural history — n [U] the study of plants, animals, and minerals ▪ the Natural History Museum …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • natural history — n the natural development of something (as an organism or disease) over a period of time <increasing knowledge of the natural histories of tumors (H. S. N. Greene)> …   Medical dictionary

  • natural history — noun uncount the study of living things and their natural environments …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • natural history — ► NOUN ▪ the scientific study of animals or plants, especially as concerned with observation rather than experiment …   English terms dictionary

  • natural history — n. the study of zoology, botany, mineralogy, geology, and other subjects dealing with the physical world, esp. in a popular, nontechnical manner …   English World dictionary

  • Natural history — For other uses, see Natural history (disambiguation). Naturalist redirects here. For other uses, see Naturalist (disambiguation). Tables of natural history, from the 1728 Cyclopaedia Natural history is the scientific research of p …   Wikipedia

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