j.a. dumas


[dy-mah or, English, doo-mah, dyoo- for 1, 2; doo-muhs, dyoo- for 3]
Alexandre [a-lek-sahn-druh] , ("Dumas père") 1802–70, and his son, Alexandre, (“Dumas fils” ), 1824–95, French dramatists and novelists.
Jean-Baptiste André [zhahn-ba-teest ahn-drey] , 1800–84, French chemist.
a town in N Texas.
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Dumas (French dymɑ)
1.  Alexandre (alɛksɑ̃drə), known as Dumas père. 1802--70, French novelist and dramatist, noted for his historical romances The Count of Monte Cristo (1844) and The Three Musketeers (1844)
2.  his son, Alexandre, known as Dumas fils. 1824--95, French novelist and dramatist, noted esp for the play he adapted from an earlier novel, La Dame aux camélias (1852)
3.  Jean-Baptiste André (ʒɑ̃batist ɑ̃dre). 1800--84, French chemist, noted for his research on vapour density and atomic weight
4.  Marlene. born 1953, South African painter; especially of expressionist portraits and nudes

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Rus. national assembly, 1870 (in reference to city councils; the national one was set up in 1905), lit. "thought," from a Gmc. source (cf. Goth. doms "judgment," Eng. doom, deem).
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