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Lesseps

[les-uh ps; French le-seps] /ˈlɛs əps; French lɛˈsɛps/
noun
1.
Ferdinand Marie, Vicomte de
[fur-dn-and muh-ree,, vee-kawnt duh French, fer-dee-nahn ma-ree,, vee-kawnt duh] /ˈfɜr dnˌænd məˈri,, viˈkɔnt də French, fɛr diˈnɑ̃ maˈri,, vi kɔ̃t də/ (Show IPA),
1805–94, French engineer and diplomat: promoter of the Suez Canal.
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  • When Wyse returned to Paris he got de lesseps to head the project.

    The Panama Canal

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  • By 1888 the confidence of the French people in de lesseps waned.

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  • de lesseps's tide-level project was rather an aspiration than a plan.

  • Certainly the character of de lesseps was not equal to the strain.

British Dictionary definitions for de lesseps

de Lesseps

/French də lɛsɛps/
noun
1.
Vicomte Ferdinand Marie (fɛrdinɑ̃ mari). 1805–94, French diplomat: directed the construction of the Suez Canal (1859–69) and the unsuccessful first attempt to build the Panama Canal (1881–89)

Lesseps

/ˈlɛsəps; French lɛsɛps/
noun
1.
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