Cuvier

[ kyoo-vee-ey, koov-yey; French ky-vyey ]
/ ˈkyu viˌeɪ, kuvˈyeɪ; French küˈvyeɪ /

noun

Georges Lé·o·pold Chré·tien Fré·dé·ric Da·go·bert [zhawrzh ley-aw-pawld krey-tyan frey-dey-reek da-gaw-ber], /ʒɔrʒ leɪ ɔˈpɔld kreɪˈtyɛ̃ freɪ deɪˈrik da gɔˈbɛr/, Baron, 1769–1832, French naturalist: pioneer in the fields of paleontology and comparative anatomy.

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British Dictionary definitions for Cuvier

Cuvier
/ (ˈkjuːvɪeɪ, French kyvje) /

noun

Georges (Jean-Leopold-Nicolas-Frédéric) (ʒɔrʒ), Baron. 1769–1832, French zoologist and statesman; founder of the sciences of comparative anatomy and palaeontology
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Scientific definitions for Cuvier

Cuvier
[ kyōōvē-ā′ ]
Baron Georges Léopold Chrétien Frédéric Dagobert 1769-1832

French anatomist who is considered the founder of comparative anatomy. He originated a system of zoological classification that grouped animals according to the structures of their skeletons and organs. Cuvier extended his system to fossils; his reconstructions of the way extinct animals looked, based on their skeletal remains, greatly advanced the science of paleontology.
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