Humboldt


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Humboldt

(ˈhʌmbəʊlt; German ˈhʊmbɔlt)
n
1. (Biography) 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
2. (Biography) his brother, Baron (Karl) Wilhelm von (ˈvɪlhɛlm fɔn). 1767–1835, German philologist and educational reformer

Hum•boldt

(ˈhʌm boʊlt, ˈhʊm-)

n.
Friedrich Heinrich Alexander, Baron von, 1769–1859, German naturalist and statesman.
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Noun1.Humboldt - German philologist noted for his studies of the relation between language and culture (1767-1835)
2.Humboldt - German naturalist who explored Central and South America and provided a comprehensive description of the physical universe (1769-1859)Humboldt - German naturalist who explored Central and South America and provided a comprehensive description of the physical universe (1769-1859)
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On leaving Omaha, it passes along the left bank of the Platte River as far as the junction of its northern branch, follows its southern branch, crosses the Laramie territory and the Wahsatch Mountains, turns the Great Salt Lake, and reaches Salt Lake City, the Mormon capital, plunges into the Tuilla Valley, across the American Desert, Cedar and Humboldt Mountains, the Sierra Nevada, and descends, via Sacramento, to the Pacific--its grade, even on the Rocky Mountains, never exceeding one hundred and twelve feet to the mile.
From this point the road, running along Humboldt River, passed northward for several miles by its banks; then it turned eastward, and kept by the river until it reached the Humboldt Range, nearly at the extreme eastern limit of Nevada.
It was eight o'clock when the train passed through the defiles of the Humboldt Range, and half-past nine when it penetrated Utah, the region of the Great Salt Lake, the singular colony of the Mormons.
He, two others, and myself, started to the new silver mines in the Humboldt mountains--he to be Probate Judge of Humboldt county, and we to mine.
Then he resigned his judgeship and left Humboldt county.
On a point not far from the city, where a rivulet entered the sea, I observed a fact connected with a subject discussed by Humboldt.
There, according to Humboldt, reigns utter darkness, which the light of the sun and the earth cannot break.
He talked of Honey Lake, of Shasta County, and of Humboldt.
So on the Silla of Caraccas the illustrious Humboldt long ago found species belonging to genera characteristic of the Cordillera.
Humboldt came to America to realize his youthful dreams of a tropical vegetation, and he beheld it in its greatest perfection in the primitive forests of the Amazon, the most gigantic wilderness on the earth, which he has so eloquently described.
The science of Humboldt is one thing, poetry is another thing.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation recently appointed Tsche Kwang-jun of Kyung Hee University as its ambassador scientist, the highest honor of the world-famous German institute.