Banks, Sir Joseph

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Banks, Sir Joseph

(1743–1820) naturalist who sailed with Captain James Cook to the Pacific and collected extensively, particularly plants. He financed his own expeditions and became unofficial director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Under his direction Kew became the most famous botanical garden in the world. His plant and entomological collections are in the British Museum and over 1400 of his books are in the British Library.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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By May tenth, the ice of the Stewart, with a great rending and snapping, tore loose from the banks and rose three feet.
The fish was on the Banks, an' Counahan was at T-wharf talkin' av his record trip east!
A counter-swirl had caught Fahrquhar and turned him half round; he was again looking at the forest on the bank opposite the fort.
Time dragged heavily till the time of the full moon, but it passed at last, and as soon as it rose the young wife went to the pond, combed her black hair with a golden comb, and when she had finished, placed the comb on the bank; then she watched the water impatiently.
She had taken the advice of a friend and invested her savings in a bank on Ashland Avenue.
Sometimes, where the river passed between high banks and bluffs, the roads made by the tramp of buffaloes for many ages along the face of the heights, looked like so many well-travelled highways.
I sat down once more on the river bank. The sun was sinking fast.
The man was standing on the river bank and he called to them:
And from the opposite bank a sinister ripple, unseen by either man, moving steadily toward the half-naked swimmer.
It was true that he had been industrious at the bank, but no more so than the cashier, who had seven small children and was visibly sinking in decline.
On the bank of the river the executioner approached Milady, and bound her hands and feet.
"At what sum do you estimate this bank's proportion of the country's loss by me?"