Definitions

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

  • A city of northern Australia on Port Darwin, an inlet of the Timor Sea. It was founded as Palmerston in 1869 and renamed in 1911. Population: 106,000.
  • Darwin, Charles Robert 1809-1882. British naturalist who revolutionized the study of biology with his theory of evolution based on natural selection. His most famous works include Origin of Species (1859) and The Descent of Man (1871).
  • Darwin, Erasmus 1731-1802. British physician, scientist, and poet whose Zoonomia (1794-1796) anticipated the evolutionary theories of his grandson Charles.

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  • proper n. Charles Darwin (1809–1882), British naturalist and founder of the theory of evolution by natural selection.
  • proper n. Capital of the Northern Territory (Australia).

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  • n. English natural scientist who formulated a theory of evolution by natural selection (1809-1882)
  • n. provincial capital of the Northern Territory of Australia

Etymologies

(sense 2): Named after Charles Darwin. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If it weren't for Darwin, there would not have been a Hotel El Dorado or a _Bah-a de Darwin_ to accommodate James Wait.

    Galapagos

  • After New Scientist wrote "DARWIN WAS WRONG" all over a front page to sell more magazines (in particular to religious groups who went amok when they saw it and used it as evidence in numerous meetings afterwards), Dawkins and other scientists wrote a sharply penned reply to this stupid and destructive publicity-stunt, which was based on how Darwin didn't anticipate certain mechanisms in the cell irrelevant to his theory as a whole.

    New Scientist - Online News

  • o Yes, and by the time of James Wait's arrival in Guayaquil, so many persons with an interest in natural history had come there, on their way to the islands to see what Darwin had seen, to feel what Darwin had felt, that three cruise ships had their home port there, the newest of which was the _Bah-a de Darwin_.

    Galapagos

  • We can say “DARWIN WAS WRONG!” about that, but we can’t really say that about his treatment of vestigial organs in general, which seems to hold up fairly well…perhaps because Darwin himself was not so fervently committed to the absolute adaptedness of every single feature of every single organism as some of his later followers.

    Darwin and the vermiform appendix - The Panda's Thumb

  • But the New York-based Deez - whose band also goes by the name Darwin Deez - exudes a sense of optimism untouched by irony or smugness.

    NPR Topics: News

  • The videos also showed a trick — a new stuffed animal that Chaser had never seen with a name "Darwin" that Chaser had not heard before.

    Research dog reveals canines' cognitive potential

  • Then evolutionists came out with a fish that has legs and the word Darwin.

    Rapture Ready!

  • Helene Cooper speculated in the New York Times on December 17 that the 80-percent solution, which she dubbed the Darwin Principle, may be part of a more diabolical regional strategy in which U.S. backing for Shiia in Iraq draws both Saudi Arabia (and other Sunni nations) and Iran into a conflict in which vastly outnumbered Iranian forces would be overwhelmed, even though superior Shiite numbers within Iraq might win the Battle of Baghdad.

    Surge to Purge: The 80% Solution in Iraq

  • Either Darwin is a man of such astounding hubris that he thinks he can, in comparatively few words, demolish one of the oldest and most robust arguments for the existence of God.

    Courting the Theists

  • Its authors, Adrian Desmond and James Moore, also expect it to be one of the most controversial, because it explores what they call Darwin's humanitarianism and challenges the notion that his conclusions were the result of pure scientific pursuit.

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  • I used to live in Darwin.

    November 2, 2013

  • Sadly, 'Darwin' is a comment used by insensitive people on comments sections to refer to 'Darwin Award'

    This use of Darwin is something I hate to see, as it's insensitive to the family and friends of the person who perished.

    November 1, 2013