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Blanche Kelso, 1841–98, U.S. politician: first African American to serve a full term as U.S. senator 1875–81.
Sir David, 1855–1931, Australian physician.
Lenny Leonard Schneider, 1926–66, U.S. comedian.
Stanley Melbourne 1st Viscount Bruce of Melbourne, 1883–1967, Australian statesman: prime minister 1923–29.
a male given name: from a Norman family name.



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British Dictionary definitions for Bruce (1 of 2)

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James . 1730–94, British explorer, who discovered the source of the Blue Nile (1770)
Lenny . 1925–66, US comedian, whose satirical sketches, esp of the sexual attitudes of his contemporaries, brought him prosecutions for obscenity, but are now regarded as full of insight as well as wit
Robert the BruceSee Robert I
Stanley Melbourne, 1st Viscount Bruce of Melbourne. 1883–1967, Australian statesman; prime minister, in coalition with Sir Earle Page's Country Party, of Australia (1923–29)

British Dictionary definitions for Bruce (2 of 2)

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British a jocular name for an Australian man
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Medical definitions for Bruce

[ brōōs ]
Sir David 1855-1931

Australian physician and bacteriologist known for his description (1887) of the bacterium that causes brucellosis.
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