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"Smithsonian Institute," named for English scientist and philanthropist James Smithson (1765-1829), who left a legacy to the U.S. government to found it. The mineral smithsonite also is named for him.

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  • But our smithsonian systematizer will allow us neither horn of this dilemma.

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  • It's her idea that I take that and go to see the smithsonian people.

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  • "That smithsonian man telephoned you again this afternoon, Ernest," said Elsa.

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  • Well then, have you a clear understanding of the terms on which the smithsonian let you have this money?

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  • What we've got to worry about now is the situation with the smithsonian.

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