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adjective (1)

often capitalized
: discovered or first described by Kaspar Friedrich Wolff


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adjective (2)

variants or less commonly Wolfian
: of or relating to Christian Wolff or his rationalistic philosophy

Word History


Adjective (1)

Kaspar Friedrich Wolff †1794 German anatomist and embryologist + English -an

Adjective (2)

Christian von Wolff (Wolf) †1754 German philosopher + English -an

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“Wolffian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wolffian. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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