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Carver

[kahr-ver]
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noun
  1. George Washington,1864?–1943, U.S. botanist and chemist.
  2. John,1575?–1621, Pilgrim leader: first governor of Plymouth Colony 1620–21.
  3. Raymond,1938–88, U.S. short-story writer and poet.
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  • Even after his death in 1943 at the age of 78, Carver continued to break barriers.

  • To make tradition-bound farmers realize the larger economic benefits of such crops, Carver began to look for other uses.

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  • As his reputation grew, Carver emerged as a public barnstormer for better practices.

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  • Like Carver, Borlaug then sought to institutionalize his breakthroughs.

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  • Like Carver, Borlaug grew up in a tiny farm town in the Midwest—in Cresco, Iowa.

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British Dictionary definitions for carver

carver

noun
  1. a carving knife
  2. (plural) a large matched knife and fork for carving meat
  3. British a chair with arms that forms part of a set of dining chairs
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Carver

noun
  1. George Washington. ?1864–1943, US agricultural chemist and botanist
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Word Origin and History for carver

n.

late 14c. (late 13c. as a surname), "one who carves" (in some sense); agent noun from carve (v.). In a set of dining chairs, the one with the arms, usually at the head of the table, is the carver (1927), reserved for the one who carves.

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carver in Science

Carver

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