Definitions

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  • n. One who is versed in the science of fossils.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who is versed in the science of fossils; a paleontologist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who studies fossils; one versed in the scientific study of fossils; a paleontologist.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a specialist in paleontology

Etymologies

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fossil +‎ -ist

Examples

  • Mary Anning (1799-1847), paleontologist and "the greatest fossilist the world ever knew"

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • It is well shaded by tall ash trees, of a species, as Mr. Janes the fossilist informed me, uncommonly valuable.

    A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland

  • For once, though no one living is abused; but as a matter of fact one purpose of the play was, as Dr. Johnson said, “to bring into contempt Dr. Woodward, the fossilist, a man not really or justly contemptible.”

    Life And Letters Of John Gay (1685-1732)

  • For once, though no one living is abused; but as a matter of fact one purpose of the play was, as Dr. Johnson said, "to bring into contempt Dr. Woodward, the fossilist, a man not really or justly contemptible."

    Life And Letters Of John Gay (1685-1732)

  • The authour neither says he is a geographer, nor an antiquarian, nor very learned in the history of Scotland, nor a naturalist, nor a fossilist [893].

    Life Of Johnson

  • Ib. [1132] The fossilist of last century is the geologist of this.

    Life of Johnson

  • Journey (Works, ix. 43) speaks of 'Mr. Janes the fossilist.'

    Life of Johnson

  • One purpose of it was to bring into contempt Dr. Woodward, the fossilist, a man not really or justly contemptible.

    The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes Volume the Eighth: The Lives of the Poets, Volume II

  • Mary’s reputation as a fossilist grew to such an extent that she became the source for the well-known tongue-twister, “She sells seashells by the seashore.”

    The Source

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