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  1. Georges Louis Le·clerc [zhawrzh lwee luh-kler] /ʒɔrʒ lwi ləˈklɛr/, Comte de,1707–88, French naturalist.
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Historical Examples

  • With all the learning of a Buffon and a Cuvier, he was simple and unaffected as a child.

    Arthur O'Leary

    Charles James Lever

  • It is a mistake to suppose that Buffon was par excellence a maker of hypotheses.

    Form and Function

    E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

  • What is new in Buffon is his interpretation of the unity of plan.

    Form and Function

    E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

  • She formed a warm and true friendship with Buffon and Thomas.

    Historical and Political Essays

    William Edward Hartpole Lecky

  • The figures of both these animals are in Buffon's Natural History.

British Dictionary definitions for buffon


  1. Georges Louis Leclerc (ʒɔrʒ lwi ləklɛr), Comte de . 1707–88, French encyclopedist of natural history; principal author of Histoire naturelle (36 vols., 1749–89), containing the Époques de la nature (1777), which foreshadowed later theories of evolution
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buffon in Science


  1. French naturalist who spent his life compiling the Histoire naturelle, in which he attempted to discuss all of the facts about the natural world known at that time. It eventually reached 44 volumes and laid the foundation for later studies in biology, zoology, and anatomy.
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