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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Smithsonian Of or pertaining to the Englishman J. L. M. Smithson, or to the national institution of learning which he endowed at Washington, D. C.; as, the Smithsonian Institution; Smithsonian Reports.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History houses the world's largest shell collection, some 15 million specimens. A smaller museum in Sanibel, Florida owns a mere 2 million shells and claims to be the worlds only museum devoted solely to mollusks.
    • Smithsonian Of or pertaining to James Smithson, an English scientific man and philanthropist (died 1829), who left a legacy to the United States government to found at Washington an institution for the increase and diffusion of knowledge; specifically, noting this institution or its operations: as, Smithsonian Reports.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ishi had made it very clear before he died that he did not want to be autopsied. However, his wishes were ignored and his body was autopsied and the brain removed and sent to the Smithsonian, where scientists were collecting brains for a study of brain size and race. After 83 years, the Smithsonian is finally returning the brain of Ishi to his closest relatives so they can bury his remains.
    • adj Smithsonian smith-sō′ni-an pertaining to James Macie Smithson (1765—1829), founder of a great institution at Washington for ethnological and scientific investigations, organised by Congress in 1846.
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In literature:

His wooden leg, captured during our war with Mexico, is in the Smithsonian Institution at Washington.
"Aztec Land" by Maturin M. Ballou
Ward, Lester F., Smithsonian Institute.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
This instrument, now preserved in the Smithsonian Institution, has had an engaging history.
"Seaport in Virginia" by Gay Montague Moore
The skull was sent to Washington, and is now on exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution.
"Geronimo's Story of His Life" by Geronimo
Then they boxed him up and shipped him away to be stored out of sight in the cellars of the Smithsonian, at Washington.
"Through Our Unknown Southwest" by Agnes C. Laut
The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, founded.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 5" by Various
In 1898 appointed regent of the Smithsonian Institution.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
Reading, The Smithsonian Institution.
"The Complete Club Book for Women" by Caroline French Benton
A fine specimen of this kind is to be seen in the Smithsonian Institution.
"Nature's Miracles, Volume 1" by Elisha Gray
Come to think of it, I remember oncet a Smithsonian grave robber comes to inspect South Cave.
"A Man in the Open" by Roger Pocock
The professor is now at the head of the Smithsonian Institution, a worthy successor to Professor Henry.
"The Library and Society" by Various
Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge, Washington, 1851, Vol.
"Clever Hans" by Oskar Pfungst
One day at noon, in the Sotik country of East Africa, we stopped to skin a hyena which I had shot for the Smithsonian.
"A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open" by Theodore Roosevelt
But they wanted to put it in the Smithsonian Institution, and he had to get another.
"Famous Flyers" by J. J. Grayson
The site of his house was excavated by the Smithsonian Institution in 1956.
"North Devon Pottery and Its Export to America in the 17th Century" by C. Malcolm Watkins
The only one which I have seen is one placed in the grounds of the Smithsonian Institution at Washington.
"Latitude 19 degree" by Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield
From the Smithsonian report for 1890.
"United States Government Publications, v. 8 Jan-Jun 1892" by Compiled
The beak was forwarded to the Smithsonian Institution.
"Sea Monsters Unmasked and Sea Fables Explained" by Henry Lee
Bureau of American Enthnology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington.
"The Stronghold" by Miriam Haynie
They lay in the Custom House three months, before I discovered that the Smithsonian Institute could claim them under its charter.
"Bygones Worth Remembering, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Jacob Holyoake

In news:

Country Gentlemen, the Heartaches On the Road (And More) Smithsonian/Folkways 6:17 AM.
From March 23 to May 5 of next year, the arts center will show the Smithsonian's "The Way We Worked," exhibit.
The Smithsonian opens one of its prized artifacts and a story unfolds.
On July 31, Smithsonian Folkways will release GRAMMY-Award winning conjunto group Los Texmaniacs' 'Texas Towns & Tex-Mex Sounds'.
Great Hall of American Wonders' Exhibition Opens at Smithsonian.
Her interest in quilting was inspired by a visit to a quilt exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution.
Cheetah cubs at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
Smithsonian National Zoo's Wayne Millner talks about the first three months of life for these two unnamed cheetah cubs.
Free admission to Conner Prairie Sept 29 with Smithsonian's Museum Day ticket.
Smithsonian exhibit coming to Red Bay in 2013.
Smithsonian Institution/Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Under pressure, the Smithsonian pulls an exhibit.
Giant Panda Mei Xiang enjoys a fruitscicle January 20, 2011 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo in Washington, DC.
Travelers at Washington Dulles may now take a direct bus to Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center.
Lawrence artist sells work to Smithsonian.

In science:

Whipple Observatory, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, P.O.
Status of VHE Astronomy c.2000
Acknowledgements: Research in very high energy gamma-ray astronomy at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is supported by the U.S.
Status of VHE Astronomy c.2000
We thank the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the Michelson Interferometry Summer School for hospitality while this work was carried out.
Bringing closure to microlensing mass measurement
Whipple Observatory, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, P.O.
Extragalactic Sources of TeV Gamma Rays: A Summary
This work was funded by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and by the CONICET (The Argentinean National Council for Scientific and Technological Research).
The Effect of Proton Temperature Anisotropy on the Solar Minimum Corona and Wind
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Whipple Observatory, P.O.
TeV Gamma-ray Observations and the Origin of Cosmic Rays: I
In the neutron sector of the SME, the most stringent bounds on Lorentz violation have been obtained using a He-Xe dual maser at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Atomic and optical tests of Lorentz symmetry
Pure-gravity sector results reported by the Harvard-Smithsonian group, based on archival lunar laser-ranging data .
Atomic and optical tests of Lorentz symmetry
Molecular Analysis Laboratory, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Evaluating Intraspecific Variation and Interspecific Diversity: comparing humans and fish species
EMR acknowledges support from NASA though Chandra Postdoctoral Fellowship grant number PF5-60040 awarded by the Chandra X-ray Center, which is operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory for NASA under contract NASA8-03060.
Delayed X-ray emission from fallback in compact-object mergers
This research was supported by the Asher Fund for Space Research at the Technion, the Israel Science foundation, and a Smithsonian short term visitor grant to Soker and NSF grant AST–0507637 and NASA grant NNX08AJ61G to SDV.
Interpreting a Dwarf Nova Eruption as Magnetic Flare Activity
Observations reported here were obtained at the MMT Observatory, a joint facility of the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Arizona.
The IRAC Dark Field; Far- Infrared to X-ray Data
This work was supported in part by an LTSA grant from NASA and by funding from the Smithsonian Institution.
The Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae: Are They Supersoft Sources?
Present address: Institute for Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Physics, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA 02138.
Methods for a Nonuniform Bose Gas
University of Arizona and the Smithsonian Institution.
An Excess of Mg II Absorbers in BL Lac Objects