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Landau

[lahn-dou; Russian luhn-dou] /lɑnˈdaʊ; Russian lʌnˈdaʊ/
noun
1.
Lev Davidovich
[lyef duh-vye-duh-vyich] /ˈlyɛf dʌˈvyɛ də vyɪtʃ/ (Show IPA),
1908–68, Russian scientist: Nobel Prize in Physics 1962.
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British Dictionary definitions for l.d. landau

landau

/ˈlændɔː/
noun
1.
a four-wheeled carriage, usually horse-drawn, with two folding hoods that meet over the middle of the passenger compartment
Word Origin
C18: named after Landau (a town in Bavaria), where it was first made

Landau

/Russian lanˈdau/
noun
1.
Lev Davidovich (ljɛf daˈvidəvitʃ). 1908–68, Soviet physicist, noted for his researches on quantum theory and his work on the theories of solids and liquids: Nobel prize for physics 1962
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Word Origin and History for l.d. landau

landau

n.

type of four-wheeled carriage, 1743, from Landau, town in Bavaria where they first were made. The first element is the common Germanic element found in English land (n.); the identity of the second is disputed. But Klein says the vehicle name is "in reality" Spanish lando "originally a light four-wheeled carriage drawn by mules," from Arabic al-andul.

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Encyclopedia Article for l.d. landau

landau

four-wheeled carriage, invented in Germany, seating four people on two facing seats with an elevated front seat for the coachman. It was distinguished by two folding hoods, one at each end, which met at the top to form a boxlike enclosure with side windows. It was a heavy vehicle, often drawn by a team of four horses, and was widely used from the 18th century in England. Usually, landaus were severely cut away beneath at each end, so that the bottom of the door was the lowest point of the carriage body

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