Darwin and dictionaries

April 24, 2008 at 2:00 am 1 comment

Not sure what Darwin and dictionaries have in common but I’ve run out of ideas for swish titles! To excite the inner historian in you, Charles Darwin’s private papers have just been released online, including the first draft of “On the Origin of Species”. 20,000 items and 90,000 images have been released on the Darwin Online site. The private papers collection is here and the first draft of his theory of evolution is here.  And just in case you want to whip up an Irish Charlotte for dessert this weekend, Emma Darwin’s (wife and cousin of Charles) recipe book is here. Cool stuff!

And if a picture says a thousand words, then Merriam-Webster have it covered with their release of an online visual dictionary. So now you can connect words with images. A quick search for “cat” gave me images of cat breeds like these:

No LOLCat images I’m afraid.  I also could have selected the image for Morphology of A Cat and I’d get this image:

What a great resource!! I’ll be spending hours in this visual paradise. 


Entry filed under: Charles Darwin, Useful resources.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. lushbooks  |  April 25, 2008 at 3:11 am

    Well, if language is indeed evolving then Darwin and Dictionaries works.


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