Etymology
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Bernard

masc. proper name, from German Bernhard, literally "bold as a bear," from Old High German bero "bear" (see bear (n.)) + harti "hard, bold, strong" (from PIE root *kar- "hard"). Saint Bernard (1091-1153) was the famous Cistercian monk; the breed of Alpine mastiff dogs is said to have been so called from early 18c. (in English by 1839), because the monks of the hospice named for him in the pass of St. Bernard (between Italy and Switzerland) sent them to rescue snowbound travelers.

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Definitions of Bernard

Bernard (n.)
French physiologist noted for research on secretions of the alimentary canal and the glycogenic function of the liver (1813-1878);
Synonyms: Claude Bernard
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