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natural history

noun
1.
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.
2.
the study of these sciences.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70
Related forms
natural historian, noun
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  • Yosemite has human history fully as fascinating as its natural history.
  • Because it doesn't make any difference to the natural history of the place.
  • The epidemiology and natural history of pressure ulcers in elderly nursing home residents.
  • His lamps, chairs and jewellery borrow heavily from natural history.
  • These counterintuitive results, the authors say, make sense in light of badgers' natural history.
  • Among these books there was no lack of older as well as contemporary works treating of natural history.
  • Whether you survived or not depended on the natural history of the disease itself.
  • It's a great book that combines biography, natural history, and intrepid on-the-ground reporting.
  • Most natural history museums don't have human evolution exhibits, and if they do, the bones are probably reproductions.
  • Say you had a natural history museum specimen in your hand, and you put a little tiny food fish in its mouth.
British Dictionary definitions for natural history

natural history

noun
1.
the study of animals and plants in the wild state
2.
the study of all natural phenomena
3.
the sum of these phenomena in a given place or at a given time: the natural history of Iran
Derived Forms
natural historian, noun
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natural history in Medicine

natural history n.

  1. The study and description of organisms and natural objects, especially their origins, evolution, and interrelationships.

  2. A collection of facts about the development of a natural process or object.

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natural history in Science
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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