[ huhm-bohlt; for 1, 2 also German hoo m-bawlt ]
/ ˈhʌm boʊlt; for 1, 2 also German ˈhʊm bɔlt /


Frie·drich Hein·rich A·lex·an·der [free-drikh hahyn-rikh ah-lek-sahn-duhr] /ˈfri drɪx ˈhaɪn rɪx ˌɑ lɛkˈsɑn dər/, Baron von [fuh n] /fən/,1769–1859, German naturalist, writer, and statesman.
his brother(Karl) Wil·helm [kahrl vil-helm] /kɑrl ˈvɪl hɛlm/, Baron von,1767–1835, German philologist and diplomat.
a town in NW Tennessee.
a river in NE Nevada, flowing W and SW to the Humboldt Sink. 290 miles (467 km) long.



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British Dictionary definitions for humboldt

/ (ˈhʌmbəʊlt, German ˈhʊmbɔlt) /


Baron (Friedrich Heinrich) Alexander von (alɛˈksandər fɔn). 1769–1859, German scientist, who made important scientific explorations in Central and South America (1799–1804). In Kosmos (1845–62), he provided a comprehensive description of the physical universe
his brother, Baron (Karl) Wilhelm von (ˈvɪlhɛlm fɔn). 1767–1835, German philologist and educational reformer
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Scientific definitions for humboldt

[ hŭmbōlt′, humbôlt′ ]
Baron (Friedrich Heinrich) Alexander von 1769-1859

German naturalist and writer who explored South America, Cuba, and Mexico (1799-1804) and recorded a wide range of species, particularly plants, and attempted to explain their geographic distribution with respect to their environment. His work laid the foundation the science of ecology.
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