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

  • Speke, John Hanning 1827-1864. British explorer in Africa. He and Sir Richard Burton were the first Europeans to explore Lake Tanganyika (1858).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To speak.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dialectal variant of spoke.

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  • n. English explorer who with Sir Richard Burton was the first European to explore Lake Tanganyika; he also discovered Lake Victoria and named it (1827-1864)


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  • Captain Speke and I found huge specimens in the Tangany ika Lake.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • [Page 357] ing the medal, says, 'Whilst I undertook the history, ethnography, the languages and peculiarities of the people, to Captain Speke fell the arduous task of delineating the exact topography and of laying down our positions by astronomical observations, a labour to which at times even the undaunted Livingstone found himself unequal' (Journal R.G. S., vol. xxix., p. 97).

    The Romance of Isabel, Lady Burton

  • He went to Bombay, applied for Captain Speke to accompany him as second in command of his expedition into the unknown regions of Central Africa, and

    The Romance of Isabel, Lady Burton

  • The reply was: "Bana" (the name by which the king called Speke) "is praying to-day that Mtesa may be forgiven the injury he has committed by sending his soldiers on such a duty; he is very angry about it, and wishes to know if it was done by the kings orders."

    Great African Travellers From Mungo Park to Livingstone and Stanley

  • More widely distributed mammal species such as Speke's gazelle (Gazella spekei, VU), Salt’s dikdik (Madoqua saltiana), beira (Dorcatragus megalotis, VU), and Soemmerring's gazelle (Gazella soemmerringii, VU) are also threatened and suffer from over-hunting and from grazing competition with livestock.

    Somali montane xeric woodlands

  • Optional destinations include the Speke Memorial (John Hanning Speke found the source of the Nile, then got nervous about taking part in a debate regarding his discovery and, while hunting, managed to open a huge hole in his side with a shotgun), several buildings linked to Sir Walter Raleigh (beheaded) and various localities dedicated to people who came to extremely nasty ends.

    A Guide to (Aargh! Chop!) Merrie England

  • Speke Hall, LiverpoolBuilt in stages throughout the 16th century, this timber-framed manor house was the home of the Catholic Norris family, and is filled with priest holes, eavesdrops and everything the secret papist needs.2.

    Five of the best Elizabethan merchant houses

  • Speke was, as it turned out, correct about Nyanza, and Mr. Jeal is his ardent supporter.

    To the Source

  • After Speke and Burton returned with conflicting accounts, Livingstone was sent in 1865 by the Royal Geographical Society to attempt to settle the matter.

    To the Source

  • In 1864, back in England, Speke died in a hunting accident—Mr. Jeal firmly repudiates Burton's opportunistic suggestion of suicide—leaving the debate to Burton and his ready pen.

    To the Source


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