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[snel] /snɛl/
Peter (George) born 1938, New Zealand distance runner. Unabridged
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  • Those shells may have missed their intended mark, but they went home to the heart of the time-expired man, peter snell.

    The Worn Doorstep Margaret Sherwood
British Dictionary definitions for peter snell


(Scot) biting; bitter; sharp
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Old English snel quick, active


Sir Peter (George). born 1938, New Zealand athlete; winner of three Olympic gold medals: for the 800 metres in 1960, and again in 1964, when he also won gold for the 1500 metres
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Word Origin and History for peter snell



Old English snel "quick, active," cognate with Old Saxon, Dutch, Old High German snel, German schnell "swift, quick," Old Danish snel "swift, fleet," Old Norse snjallr "eloquent, able, bold." It survived as a surname and in Scottish and northern English; used by Burns and Scott. Italian snello is from Germanic.

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peter snell in Medicine

Snell (sněl), George. Born 1903.

American geneticist. He shared a 1980 Nobel Prize for discoveries concerning cell structure that enhanced understanding of the immunological system, resulting in higher success rates in organ transplantation.

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