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Har·ris (hărĭs), Benjamin fl. 1673-1713.
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English-born publisher who printed the first newspaper in America (1690) and also compiled the New England Primer (c.1688), the colonies' first textbook.

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Harris, Roy Ellsworth 1898-1979.
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American composer known especially for his folk-inspired symphonies.

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Harris, Zellig Sabbetai 1909-1992.
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Ukrainian-born American linguist who revolutionized linguistic study by developing mathematical linguistics and by pioneering an effort to understand speech and writing in social context.

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Harris, Joel Chandler 1848-1908.
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American writer and journalist who wrote Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings (1880) and its sequels.

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Harris (hărĭs), Kamala Devi Born 1964.
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Vice president of the United States (took office 2021) under Joe Biden. She earlier served as a US senator from California (2017-2021), and the attorney general of California (2011-2017). She is the United States' first female vice president, the highest-ranking female elected official in U.S. history, the first African American vice president, and the first Asian American vice president.

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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices

    Thousands of entries in the dictionary include etymologies that trace their origins back to reconstructed proto-languages. You can obtain more information about these forms in our online appendices:

    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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