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[ag-uh-see; for 2 also French a-ga-see]
  1. Alexander,1835–1910, U.S. oceanographer and marine zoologist, born in Switzerland.
  2. his father(Jean) Louis (Ro·dolphe) [zhahn lwee raw-dawlf] /ʒɑ̃ lwi rɔˈdɔlf/, 1807–73, U.S. zoologist and geologist, born in Switzerland.
  3. Elizabeth Cabot Cary,1822–1907, U.S. author and educator, a founder and the first president (1894–1903) of Radcliffe College.
  4. Lake, a lake existing in the prehistoric Pleistocene Epoch in central N America. 700 miles (1127 km) long.
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Examples from the Web for agassiz

Historical Examples of agassiz

  • This was in the summer of 1873, and Agassiz died the December following.

    The Works of Whittier, Volume II (of VII)

    John Greenleaf Whittier

  • But it is when Lulla has undertaken to investigate a tin of sweets that she most suggests Agassiz.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael

  • This same view has since been maintained by Agassiz and others.

  • Agassiz is said by Vogt to have seen segmentation in the Perch as early as 1831.

    Form and Function

    E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

  • Yet he has done for man something like what Agassiz did for glaciers.

British Dictionary definitions for agassiz


  1. Jean Louis Rodolphe (ʒɑ̃ lwi rɔdɔlf). 1807–73, Swiss natural historian and geologist, settled in the US after 1846
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agassiz in Science


  1. Swiss-born American naturalist whose studies of glaciers and their movement introduced the idea of the ice age in 1840. Agassiz later revolutionized science education in the United States by emphasizing direct observation of the natural environment.
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