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Buffon

[ by-fawn ]
/ büˈfɔ̃ /
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noun
Georges Louis Le·clerc [zhawrzh lwee luh-kler], /ʒɔrʒ lwi ləˈklɛr/, Comte de, 1707–88, French naturalist.
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British Dictionary definitions for Buffon

Buffon
/ (French byfɔ̃) /

noun
Georges Louis Leclerc (ʒɔrʒ lwi ləklɛr), Comte de . 1707–88, French encyclopedist of natural history; principal author of Histoire naturelle (36 vols., 1749–89), containing the Époques de la nature (1777), which foreshadowed later theories of evolution
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Scientific definitions for Buffon

Buffon
[ bōō-fôɴ ]
Comte Georges Louis Leclerc de 1707-1788

French naturalist who spent his life compiling the Histoire naturelle, in which he attempted to discuss all of the facts about the natural world known at that time. It eventually reached 44 volumes and laid the foundation for later studies in biology, zoology, and anatomy.
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