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 (bo͞o-fôN′), Comte Georges Louis Leclerc de 1707-1788.
French naturalist whose monumental Histoire Naturelle (36 volumes, 1749-1788) provided encyclopedic coverage of vertebrate biology, geology, and mineralogy and was renowned for its elegant style.
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(Biography) Georges Louis Leclerc (ʒɔrʒ lwi ləklɛr), Comte de. 1707–88, French encyclopedist of natural history; principal author of Histoire naturelle (36 vols., 1749–89), containing the Époques de la nature (1777), which foreshadowed later theories of evolution
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Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de, 1707–88, French naturalist.
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Aqui se les conoce por los siguientes nombres: Barbas, Gitanilla, Matrona, Pregonero y Bufon Loco.
The other featured companies are Spain's Micomicon, Chile's Compania Bufon Negro, Colombia's Teatro Taller de Colombia and L'Explose, Ecuador's Compania Malayerba and Compania Susana Reyes, Mexico's Alaude Ensemble and Compania Nacional de Teatro de Mexico, and Brazil's Compania Dos Atores and Lumini Companhia de Danca.
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Bufon left the stadium with tears in his heart after losing the tournament once again.