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Murphy

[mur-fee]
noun
1.
Frank, 1890–1949, U.S. statesman and jurist: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1940–49.
2.
Isaac, 1861–96, U.S. thoroughbred racehorse jockey.
3.
William Parry [par-ee] , 1892–1987, U.S. physician: Nobel Prize in medicine 1934.
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murphy (ˈmɜːfɪ)
 
n , pl -phies
a dialect or informal word for potato
 
[C19: from the common Irish surname Murphy]

Murphy (ˈmɜːfɪ)
 
n
1.  Alex. born 1939, British rugby league player and coach
2.  Eddie, full name Edward Regan Murphy. born 1951, US film actor and comedian. His films include 48 Hours (1982), Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Coming to America (1988), and Dr Dolittle (1998)
3.  William Parry. 1892--1987, US physician: with G. R. Minot, he discovered the liver treatment for anaemia and they shared, with G. H. Whipple, the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine in 1934

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Murphy
Gael. Murchadh "sea-warrior." The Celtic "sea" element is also in names Muriel (q.v.), Murdoch (O.Ir. Muireadhach, O.Welsh Mordoc "mariner"), etc. Murphy bed (1925) is named for U.S. inventor William Lawrence Murphy (1876-1959).
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Murphy Mur·phy (mûr'fē), William Parry. 1892-1987.

American physician. He shared a 1934 Nobel Prize for discovering that a diet of liver relieves anemia.

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