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  1. a male given name, form of Lewis, Llewellyn, or Louis.
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[wol-is, waw-lis]
  1. Alfred Rus·sel [ruhs-uh l] /ˈrʌs əl/, 1823–1913, English naturalist, explorer, and author.
  2. George Cor·ley [kawr-lee] /ˈkɔr li/, 1919–98, U.S. politician: governor of Alabama 1963–67, 1971–79, and 1983–87.
  3. Henry (A·gard) [ey-gahrd] /ˈeɪ gɑrd/, 1888–1965, U.S. agriculturalist, author, and statesman: Secretary of Agriculture 1933–40; vice president of the U.S. 1941–45; Secretary of Commerce 1945–46.
  4. LewisLew, 1827–1905, U.S. general and novelist.
  5. Sir William.Also Walays, Wallensis.1272?–1305, Scottish military leader and patriot.
  6. (William Roy) De·Witt [duh-wit] /dəˈwɪt/, 1889–1981, and his wife, Lila Bell (Acheson), 1889–1984, U.S. magazine publishers.
  7. a male given name: a Scottish family name meaning “Welshman, foreigner.”
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  • I dunno, but he handed Lew a five-dollar bill to pay for the message.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • One of the men, Lew Cawley, laughed silently, and then put in a remark.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Every one swung round as Lew nodded in the direction of the house.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Jakin was a stunted child of fourteen, and Lew was about the same age.

  • Jakin threw out his chest, which Lew smote with all his might.

British Dictionary definitions for lew


  1. Alfred Russel. 1823–1913, British naturalist, whose work on the theory of natural selection influenced Charles Darwin
  2. Edgar. 1875–1932, English crime novelist
  3. Sir Richard. 1818–90, English art collector and philanthropist. His bequest to the nation forms the Wallace Collection, London
  4. Sir William. ?1272–1305, Scottish patriot, who defeated the army of Edward I of England at Stirling (1297) but was routed at Falkirk (1298) and later executed
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lew in Medicine


(wŏlĭs)Alfred Russel 1823-1913
  1. British naturalist who developed a concept of evolution that paralleled the work of Charles Darwin.
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lew in Science


  1. British naturalist who formulated a theory of evolution by natural selection independently of Charles Darwin. Wallace spent eight years (1854-62) traveling in Malaysia and assembling evidence for his theories, which he sent to Darwin in England. Their findings were first presented to the public in 1858.
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