[fah-ber; French fa-bruh]


Jean Hen·ri [zhahn ahn-ree] /ʒɑ̃ ɑ̃ˈri/, 1823–1915, French entomologist and popular writer on insect life.

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Historical Examples of fabre

  • In two instances we saw the fidgety little creature go through a most comical performance, which again recalls the Sphex of Fabre.


    George W. Peckham

  • This was one of my difficulties, to tell boots and Fabre apart, each having a tough wizened quality and a powdery taste.

    The Crow's Nest

    Clarence Day, Jr.

  • Fabre had constructed a church for the Dominicans at Palma, in Mallorca, between the years 1296 and 1339.

  • They feared, said Fabre, lest a page that is read without fatigue should not always be the expression of the truth.

    Insect Adventures

    J. Henri Fabre

  • Something of him is to be found in my description of Monseigneur Fabre.

British Dictionary definitions for fabre



Jean Henri (ʒɑ̃ ɑ̃ri). 1823–1915, French entomologist; author of many works on insect life, remarkable for their vivid and minute observation, esp Souvenirs Entomologiques (1879–1907). Nobel prize for literature 1910
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