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Edward gibbon

[gib-uh n] /ˈgɪb ən/

Edward, 1737–94, English historian.
any small agile arboreal anthropoid ape of the genus Hylobates, inhabiting forests in S Asia
Edward. 1737–94, English historian; author of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776–88), controversial in its historical criticism of Christianity
Lewis Grassic (ˈɡræsɪk), real name James Leslie Mitchell. 1901–35, Scottish writer: best known for his trilogy of novels Scots Quair (1932–34)

1770, from French gibbon (18c.), supposedly from a word in the French colonies of India but not found in any language there. Brought to Europe by Marquis Joseph-François Dupleix (1697-1763), French governor general in India 1742-54. The surname is Old French Giboin, from Frankish *Geba-win “gift-friend,” or in some cases a diminutive of Gibb, itself a familiar form of Gilbert.


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