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Webster's Collegiate Dictionary

Nature volume 131, page 456 (01 April 1933) | Download Citation



FROM the point of view of students of science, technology, etc., we cannot think of a better book of general reference. Besides the normal English words to be expected in a dictionary of this size, there are many scientific, technical, and mythological names which they may have occasion to verify, and most of them are included. In this respect the volume is surprisingly up to date, though there are a few omissions. For example, isotopes and stomates (instead of the older term, stomata), are now familiar terms, yet they do not appear. Also protein has been substituted for proteid, yet the latter term takes precedence in this dictionary and is used throughout, in definitions. These, however, are minor points in an extremely useful reference volume which has clearly involved much care and labour. The book is well bound; but we think a cheaper edition is desirable.

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