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naturalist

[nach-er-uh-list, nach-ruh-] /ˈnætʃ ər ə lɪst, ˈnætʃ rə-/
noun
1.
a person who studies or is an expert in natural history, especially a zoologist or botanist.
2.
an adherent of naturalism in literature or art.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; natural + -ist
Related forms
antinaturalist, noun, adjective
nonnaturalist, noun
Can be confused
naturalist, naturist, nudist.
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British Dictionary definitions for anti-naturalist

naturalist

/ˈnætʃrəlɪst; -tʃərəl-/
noun
1.
a person who is expert or interested in botany or zoology, esp in the field
2.
a person who advocates or practises naturalism, esp in art or literature
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Word Origin and History for anti-naturalist

naturalist

n.

"student of plants and animals," c.1600, from French naturaliste, from natural (see natural (adj.)). Earlier "one who studies natural, rather than spiritual, things" (1580s).

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naturalist
  (nāch'ər-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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