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natural history

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
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The European expansion and the transatlantic contacts created a situation where natural historians of several nationalities botanized in the colonies, each giving the plants they 'discovered' a different name.
Peale--a onetime clocksmith, silversmith, saddler, revolutionary, portraitist, natural historian, inventor, agricultural reformer, and museologist--was a living archetype of the Jeffersonian polymath, embodying the impulse toward conquest through knowledge, categorization, and ratiocination that Dion explores and critiques in his own work.
Later, in "Earth, Kind, Mild," he takes up that theme again, quoting from the Roman natural historian Pliny: "I consider it a sign of human weakness to inquire into the figure and form of God.
One of Eckhout's colleagues in Brazil, the natural historian Zacharias Wagener, made sketches of the paintings as part of his own ethnographic notes which, although accurate to a certain extent, nonetheless echo the typical European misreadings of non-European culture.
As a natural historian, Darwin follows Buffon, whose 36-volume Histoire naturelle, generale et particuliere (1749-1804) became "the encyclopedia of the natural world" (Farber 20) by providing a "complete natural history of all living beings and minerals" (14).
2) Natural historian Carl Linnaeus deserves first blame here for he, first, sought to grow bananas, coffee and other tropical fruits in frigid Sweden, and lusted for coconuts that would sprout in Nordic air--as he declared, "should coconuts chance to come into my hands .
A letter by German natural historian Philip Franz von Siebold (1796-1866) about his teenage Japanese wife Taki has been discovered in a collection of items at the Siebold Memorial Museum in Nagasaki, a local historian said Friday.
The specimen was even given its own species name by the great natural historian Linnaeus but in fact it proved to be a normal brimstone with the markings painted on by a dealer.
Dedicated to Italian Renaissance natural historian Ulisse Aldrovandi, who viewed the chicken as part of a much larger order of things, Lewis' documentary places the fowl in question within the context of American consumer spending of $40 billion per year on chicken products.
George, William Dampier in New Holland: Australia's first natural historian, Melbourne, Blooming Books, 1999, ISBN 1 876473 12 6, xx + 171 pp, hardback, RRP $39.
The other's a tennis player and mathematician and kind of a natural historian.
As a natural historian concerned with all of Texas' biota, this reviewer was prepared to find many of his vertebrates of interest labeled "nongame" or "furbearer".

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