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Grimm

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Ja·kob Lud·wig Karl [yah-kop loot-vikhkahrl, lood-], /ˈyɑ kɒp ˈlut vɪx kɑrl, ˈlud-/, 1785–1863, and his brother Wil·helm Karl [vil-helm], /ˈvɪl hɛlm/, 1786–1859, German philologists and folklorists.
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Grimm
/ (ɡrɪm) /

noun
Jakob Ludwig Karl (ˈjaːkɔp ˈluːtvɪç karl), 1785–1863, and his brother, Wilhelm Karl (ˈvɪlhɛlm karl), 1786–1859, German philologists and folklorists, who collaborated on Grimm's Fairy Tales (1812–22) and began a German dictionary. Jakob is noted also for his philological work Deutsche Grammatik (1819–37), in which he formulated the law named after him
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