o. gibbons


Grinling [grin-ling] , 1648–1720, English woodcarver and sculptor, born in the Netherlands.
Orlando, 1583–1625, English composer.
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Gibbons (ˈɡɪbənz)
1.  Grinling. 1648--1721, English sculptor and woodcarver, noted for his delicate carvings of fruit, flowers, birds, etc
2.  Orlando. 1583--1625, English organist and composer, esp of anthems, motets, and madrigals

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1770, from Fr., supposedly from a word in the Fr. colonies of India but not found in any language there. Brought to Europe by Marquis Joseph-François Dupleix (1697-1763), Fr. governor general in India, 1742-54. The surname is O.Fr. Giboin, from Frank. *Geba-win "gift-friend," or in some cases
a dim. of Gibb, itself a familiar form of Gilbert.
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