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

  • Lyell, Sir Charles 1797-1875. British geologist whose Principles of Geology (1830-1833) opposed the catastrophic theory of geologic change. A leading proponent of uniformitarianism, he is considered one of the founders of modern geology.
  • MountLyell A peak, 3,994 m (13,095 ft) high, of the Sierra Nevada in east-central California.


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  • Also known as Lyell's syndrome, it's frequently induced by adverse reaction to medication, and kills 40% of those it afflicts

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  • It was the notion of Lyell, himself a great mover of men, that, before the doctrine of natural selection was given to a world which would be sure to lift up at it a howl of execration, a certain bodyguard of sound and experienced naturalists, expert in the description of species, should be privately made aware of its tenor.

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  • This kind of shore continues for about nine miles, when low sandhills begin to rise parallel to the coast, and these gradually increase in altitude until they form that remarkable range of dunes which I have called Lyell's Range.

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  • Toxic epidermal necrolysis, also known as Lyell's syndrome, is not only disfiguring.

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  • Even some of Darwin's allies, such as Lyell, Alfred Russel Wallace, George Romanes, and


  • Men of the broadest minds, such as Lyell, who himself had suffered considerably from outside interference with the scientific right to publish scientific conclusions, was strongly opposed to anything that seemed to tend towards breaking down the barrier between man and the lower creatures.

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  • But even those, such as Lyell, who most strenuously argued in favour of the sufficiency of natural causes for the production of the phenomena of the inorganic world, held stoutly by the hypothesis of creation in the case of those of the world of life.

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  • In a letter1 dated August 9th 1838 to his geologist friend Charles Lyell Charles “Gas” Darwin wrote (italics mine): You will be amused at some of the ridiculo-sublime passages in the papers, and no doubt will feel acutely a sneer there is at yourself.

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  • He was referring to the papers a friend of his had published in the Entomological Transactions, which he was sending to Lyell.

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  • "This was a good deal for our employees, and it's disappointing that the union has rejected the offer and indicated it will continue industrial action which will cause further disruption to passengers," Qantas Group Executive Operations Lyell Strambi said in a statement.

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