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Les·seps(lĕs′əps, lĕ-sĕps′), Vicomte Ferdinand Marie de 1805-1894.
French diplomat and engineer who supervised the construction of the Suez Canal (1859-1869). He directed the company that began the Panama Canal (1882) but abandoned the project because of bankruptcy (1888).
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Lesseps(ˈlɛsəps; French lɛsɛps)
(Biography) See de Lesseps
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Ferdinand Marie, Vicomte de, 1805–94, French engineer and diplomat: promoter of the Suez Canal.
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