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Word Origin and History for smithsonian

Smithsonian

"Smithsonian Institute," named for English scientist and philanthropist James Smithson (1765-1829), who left a legacy to the U.S. government to found it. The mineral smithsonite also is named for him.

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  • But our Smithsonian systematizer will allow us neither horn of this dilemma.

  • It's her idea that I take that and go to see the Smithsonian people.

    The Forbidden Trail

    Honor Willsie

  • "That Smithsonian man telephoned you again this afternoon, Ernest," said Elsa.

    The Forbidden Trail

    Honor Willsie

  • Well then, have you a clear understanding of the terms on which the Smithsonian let you have this money?

    The Forbidden Trail

    Honor Willsie

  • What we've got to worry about now is the situation with the Smithsonian.

    The Forbidden Trail

    Honor Willsie