Carver

[ kahr-ver ]
/ ˈkɑr vər /

noun

George Washington, 1864?–1943, U.S. botanist and chemist.
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British Dictionary definitions for Carver (1 of 2)

carver
/ (ˈkɑːvə) /

noun

a carving knife
(plural) a large matched knife and fork for carving meat
British a chair with arms that forms part of a set of dining chairs

British Dictionary definitions for Carver (2 of 2)

Carver
/ (ˈkɑːvə) /

noun

George Washington. ?1864–1943, US agricultural chemist and botanist
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Scientific definitions for Carver

Carver
[ kärvər ]
George Washington 1864?-1943

American botanist and educator whose work was instrumental in improving the agricultural efficiency of the United States.

Biography

George Washington Carver played a central role in revitalizing Southern agriculture after the Civil War, when Southern farms produced ever smaller cotton crops. His promotion of crop rotation methods helped to restore Southern farmlands, which had been depleted by the exclusive cultivation of cotton. Carver also introduced two new crops, peanuts and sweet potatoes, that would produce well in Alabama soil. To make them economically beneficial to farmers, he developed 325 products from peanuts, including peanut butter, plastics, synthetic rubber, shaving cream, and paper. He also developed hundreds of other products from sweet potatoes and from dozens of other native plants, including soybeans and cotton. During his forty-seven years as head of the agriculture department at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, he taught the importance of crop diversification and soil conservation. Carver also introduced movable schools that brought practical agricultural knowledge directly to farmers.
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