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Theophrastus

[thee-uh-fras-tuh s] /ˌθi əˈfræs təs/
noun
1.
372?–287 b.c, Greek philosopher.
Related forms
Theophrastian
[thee-uh-fras-chuh n] /ˌθi əˈfræs tʃən/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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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

Theophrastus

/ˌθɪəˈfræstəs/
noun
1.
?372–?287 bc, Greek Peripatetic philosopher, noted esp for his Characters, a collection of sketches of moral types
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