[kyoo-vee-ey, koov-yey; French ky-vyey]


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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • The great Cuvier was a singularly accurate, careful, and industrious observer.


    Samuel Smiles

  • With all the learning of a Buffon and a Cuvier, he was simple and unaffected as a child.

    Arthur O'Leary

    Charles James Lever

  • The problem as Geoffroy and Cuvier understood it was not an evolutionary one.

    Form and Function

    E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

  • Cuvier thought in terms of organs, not in terms of "materials of organisation."

    Form and Function

    E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

  • Adopting his idea, Cuvier referred the seals to an order of carnivora.

    Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution

    Alpheus Spring Packard

British Dictionary definitions for cuvier



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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[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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