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:
1560–70

natural historian, noun
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natural history
 
n
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
 
natural historian
 
n

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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  
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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Example sentences
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.
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