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Robert K. Barnhart (1933 – April 2007) was an American lexicographer and or of various specialized dictionaries. He was co-or, with his father Clarence Barnhart, on some ions of the Thorndike-Barnhart dictionaries and The World Book Dictionary. With his father and Sol Steinmetz, he ed the three volumes of The Barnhart Dictionary of New English (1973, 1980, 1990).
He also ed The Hammond Barnhart Dictionary of Science (1986), also published as The American Heritage Dictionary of Science (1988). Perhaps his major work is The Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology (1988), which is marketed under the title Chambers Dictionary of Etymology in the United Kingdom. It is one of the most comprehensive volumes of its kind. He ed an abridgement, The Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology (1995). His Barnhart Abbreviations Dictionary (1995) includes a reverse list of what the abbreviations stand for.
Robert's brother David K. Barnhart is also a lexicographer.
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