franz boas


Franz [frahnts] , 1858–1942, U.S. anthropologist, born in Germany. Unabridged
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Boas (ˈbəʊæz, German ˈboːas)
Franz (frants). 1858--1942, US anthropologist, born in Germany. He made major contributions to cultural and linguistic anthropology in studies of North American Indians, including The Mind of Primitive Man (1911; 1938)

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "large snake," from L. boa, type of large serpent mentioned in Pliny's "Natural History;" origin unknown (in M.E. folk etymology associated with Gk. bous "ox"); perhaps ult. from PIE root *beu- "to swell." Extension to "snake-like coil of fur worn by ladies" is from 1836. Boa constrictor so
called from 1788.
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Boas   (bō'āz)  Pronunciation Key 
German-born American anthropologist who emphasized the systematic analysis of culture and language structures.
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