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- The classical historian and essayist Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus (46-120 CE). Often used as a byword for a biographer, to suggest that the writer is especially skilled or has other attributes associated with Plutarch.
1878, John G. Morris, Fifty Years in the Lutheran Ministry, OL 22880165M, page 11:
- I am indebted to […] those masterly pen and ink portraits of many of our deceased ministers drawn by the lamented Professor Stoever, in the Evangelical Review, whom I designated some years ago as the Plutarch of the Lutheran Church of America.
Plutarch (plural Plutarchs)
- Any specific edition of a work by Plutarch, often specifically Plutarch's Lives
1895, O.A. Bierstadt, The Library of Robert Hoe, page 164:
- Both these English Plutarchs are here, two folios printed at London in 1657, and they once belonged to William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, and have his book-plates.