French soldier and statesman who distinguished himself in the Napoleonic Wars (1800-15). As minister of war in 1817-19 he was responsible for reorganizing recruitment procedures in the French army.
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|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.|
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