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Noun1.1870s - the decade from 1870 to 1879
decade, decennary, decennium - a period of 10 years
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When I became interested in the subject towards the end of the eighteen-seventies, Melville Bell was dead; but Alexander J.
Friedrich Nietzsche of the late eighteen-seventies, Maldrich daguerrotype from the Goethe-Schiller Archives, a profile shot, whisk broom of a moustache--was razor-released from a library dust-jacket.