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[kawl-buh] /ˈkɔl bə/
[gey-awrk] /geɪˈɔrk/ (Show IPA),
1877–1947, German sculptor. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Kolbe the chemist died at Leipzig on the 25th of November 1884.

  • The greater part, if not the whole, of the salicylic acid of commerce is now obtained by a method invented by Professor Kolbe.

  • I thought this animal might be the same as that which Kolbe mentions by the name of the tiger-wolf.

    Buffon's Natural History. Volume IX (of 10) Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
  • Dr. Kolbe saw the Hottentots plastering their arrows with the poison of the hooded snake.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
  • Williamson insisted on plain, simple formulæ, without commas, without the buckles of Kolbe or the brackets of Gerhardt.

  • The making of medicines from coal tar began in 1874 when Kolbe made salicylic acid from carbolic acid.

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson
  • During the heat of excitement, Kolbe dropped the fare to three cents, which the company followed.

    Looking Back Merrick Abner Richardson
  • The name chole may be connected with German Kolbe, and golf may be the form which this word would assume in a Celtic language.

    Devil Stories Various
Kolbe in Science
German chemist who was the first to synthesize an organic compound from inorganic materials (1843-45). He also developed an electrolytic procedure for the preparation of alkanes, and in 1859 synthesized salicylic acid from coal tar, which laid the foundation for the development of aspirin.
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