- James Pol·lard [pol-erd] /ˈpɒl ərd/, 1785–1860, U.S. meteorologist.
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- (tr) to catch sight of or perceive (something distant or previously unnoticed); detectto espy a ship on the horizon
C14: from Old French espier to spy, of Germanic origin
Word Origin and History for james espy
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- American meteorologist who is credited with the first correct explanation of the role heat plays in cloud formation and growth. His use of the telegraph in relaying meteorological observations and tracking storms laid the foundation for modern weather forecasting.
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