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Da·vis (dāvĭs)
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A city of north-central California west of Sacramento. A branch of the University of California (established 1905) is here.

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Davis, Bette Originally Ruth Elizabeth Davis. 1908-1989.
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American actress noted for the dramatic depth of her performances in films such as Dangerous (1935), All About Eve (1950), and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962).

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Davis, Benjamin Oliver 1877-1970.
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American cavalry officer who was the first African American general in the US Army (1940-1948). His son Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr. (1912-2002) was the first African American general in the US Air Force (1954-1970).

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Davis, Samuel George, Jr. Known as "Sammy." 1925-1990.
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American entertainer whose singing, dancing, acting, and comedic talents earned him popularity as a nightclub performer and in films such as Oceans Eleven (1960).
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Sammy Davis, Jr.

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Davis, Rebecca Harding Originally Rebecca Blaine Harding. 1831-1910.
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American journalist and author of the novella Life in the Iron Mills (1861), a bleak depiction of the lives of industrial workers.

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Davis, Stuart 1894?-1964.
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American artist whose vibrant canvases were strongly influenced both by cubism and jazz.

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Davis, Richard Harding 1864-1916.
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American writer whose vivid coverage of the Spanish-American, Boer, and Russo-Japanese wars established him as a leading correspondent of his day.

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Davis, Miles Dewey, Jr. 1926-1991.
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American trumpeter noted for his warm, muted trumpet style on albums such as Kind of Blue (1959) and for his later experiments with jazz-fusion.

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Davis, Jefferson 1808-1889.
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American soldier and president of the Confederacy (1861-1865). He was captured by Union soldiers in 1865 and imprisoned for two years, and although he was indicted for treason in 1866, he was never prosecuted.
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Jefferson Davis
photographed between 1855 and 1865

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Davis, Dwight Filley 1879-1945.
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American tennis player and donor (1900) of the Davis Cup for the annual international team tennis competition.

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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices

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    Indo-European Roots

    Semitic Roots

    The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.

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