lump·​er | \ ˈləm-pər How to pronounce lumper (audio) \

Definition of lumper

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, "Scientists Are Taking Extreme Steps to Help Corals Survive," 1 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of lumper

circa 1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Lumper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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