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

  • Harvey, William 1578-1657. English physician, anatomist, and physiologist who discovered the circulation of blood in the human body (1628).

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  • proper n. A surname.
  • proper n. A male given name, in modern use often transferred back from the surname.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. English physician and scientist who described the circulation of the blood; he later proposed that all animals originate from an ovum produced by the female of the species (1578-1657)

Etymologies

From Haerviu, name of a Breton saint, from Old Breton hoiarn ("iron") + viu ("blazing"). Cognate to modern Breton Haerviu. (Wiktionary)

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