lumper

noun

lump·​er ˈləm-pər How to pronounce lumper (audio)
1
: a laborer who handles freight or cargo
2
: one who classifies organisms into large often variable taxonomic groups based on major characters compare splitter

Examples of lumper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the 1800s, for example, a single clone of the Irish lumper potato fed Ireland's growing population until a rot wiped it out, devastating the island's people and economy. Rebecca Albright, Scientific American, 1 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lumper was circa 1785

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“Lumper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lumper. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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