from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Byrd, Richard Evelyn 1888-1957. American naval officer and explorer. He became famous in 1926 for being the first, with his pilot Floyd Bennett, to fly over the North Pole (a feat that was refuted in the 1990s). Later he turned his attention to Antarctica, leading five expeditions between 1929 and 1956 and establishing a base for scientific discovery at Little America.
  • Byrd, William 1674-1744. American planter and colonial official whose diaries (written in shorthand) provide a rare and humorous account of daily life in pre-Revolutionary Virginia.

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  • proper n. A surname.

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  • n. explorer and United States naval officer; led expeditions to explore Antarctica (1888-1957)
  • n. English organist and composer of church music; master of 16th century polyphony; was granted a monopoly in music printing with Thomas Tallis (1543-1623)


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