[ wol-is, waw-lis ]

  1. Alfred Rus·sel [ruhs-uhl], /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.

  1. 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.

  2. Lewis "Lew", 1827–1905, U.S. general and novelist.

  3. Sir William. Also Walays, Wallensis. 1272?–1305, Scottish military leader and patriot.

  4. (William Roy) De·Witt [duh-wit], /dəˈwɪt/, 1889–1981, and his wife, Lila Bell (Acheson), 1889–1984, U.S. magazine publishers.

  5. a male given name: a Scottish family name meaning “Welshman, foreigner.”

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British Dictionary definitions for Wallace


/ (ˈwɒlɪs) /

  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

  1. Sir Richard. 1818–90, English art collector and philanthropist. His bequest to the nation forms the Wallace Collection, London

  2. 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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Scientific definitions for Wallace


[ wŏlĭs ]

  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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