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Dana1

[dah-nuh] /ˈdɑ nə/
noun, Irish Mythology.
1.
Danu.

Dana2

[dey-nuh] /ˈdeɪ nə/
noun
1.
Charles Anderson, 1819–97, U.S. journalist, editor, and publisher.
2.
Edward Salisbury, 1849–1935, U.S. mineralogist and physicist.
3.
his father, James Dwight, 1813–95, U.S. geologist and mineralogist.
4.
Richard Henry, Jr. 1815–82, U.S. jurist, author, and sailor: specialist in admiralty law.
5.
a male or female given name.
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  • I have been privileged to take them home and arrange them in my room and Dana's.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • And, most incredible of all, though Dana would not speak to her, she spoke to him!

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • Dana Marden and his wife were in front of me, not three seats away.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • On the Dana plateau, for example, by the expenditure of 32 hours of labour 48 cwt.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • Morse attended these lectures and formed with Dana an intimate acquaintance.

    The Age of Invention Holland Thompson
British Dictionary definitions for Dana

Dana

/ˈdeɪnə/
noun
1.
James Dwight (dwaɪt). 1813–95, American geologist; noted for his work The System of Mineralogy (1837)
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Word Origin and History for Dana

fem. proper name; in U.S. little used before c.1925, then in top 100 for girls born from 1963 to 1984.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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