from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The study and description of organisms and natural objects, especially their origins, evolution, and interrelationships.
- n. A collection of facts about the development of a natural process or entity: the natural history of early hominids as revealed in the fossil record.
- n. A work or treatise containing such facts.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The study of all living things, especially their origins, evolution and interrelationships.
- n. The study of all natural phenomena.
- n. A treatise or similar work that summarizes the known facts of either of the above.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a description and classification of objects in nature, as minerals, plants, animals, etc., and the phenomena which they exhibit to the senses.
- adj. in its broadest sense, a history or description of nature as a whole, including the sciences of botany, zoölogy, geology, mineralogy, paleontology, chemistry, and physics. In recent usage the term is often restricted to the sciences of botany and zoölogy collectively, and sometimes to the science of zoology alone.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the scientific study of plants or animals (more observational than experimental) usually published in popular magazines rather than in academic journals
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