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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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  • This name was given to it when naturalists believed it to be a separate species.
British Dictionary definitions for naturalists

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 naturalists

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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naturalists in Science
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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