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[thee-uh-fras-tuh s] /ˌθi əˈfræs təs/
372?–287 b.c, Greek philosopher.
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[thee-uh-fras-chuh n] /ˌθi əˈfræs tʃən/ (Show IPA),
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  • Theophrastus affirms that there are magical verses which cure sciatica.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • Theophrastus couldn't better have depicted the irascible man.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • It is possible that Theophrastus derived the word pericarp from Aristotle.

  • Theophrastus, successor of Aristotle at the Lyceum, Athens (p. 70).

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1 Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • Permit me also, like Theophrastus, to borrow a few words from a poet.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
  • Theophrastus knew and described the apple tree as a botanist.

    Excursions and Poems

    Henry David Thoreau
  • Theophrastus began his "Character of Man" on his ninetieth birthday.

    Genius in Sunshine and Shadow Maturin Murray Ballou
  • Ariston of Chios has preserved the opinion of Theophrastus about these two orators.

  • Theophrastus, Dioscorides, and Pliny considered that the coral was a plant.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • And so I wonder what Theophrastus could have been thinking about when he wrote his book on "Wealth."

    De Officiis Marcus Tullius Cicero
British Dictionary definitions for Theophrastus


?372–?287 bc, Greek Peripatetic philosopher, noted esp for his Characters, a collection of sketches of moral types
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