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[loo-see] /ˈlu si/
the incomplete skeletal remains of a female hominid found in eastern Ethiopia in 1974 and classified as Australopithecus afarensis.
Origin of Lucy1
after the Beatles' song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” a tape of which was played in the discoverers' camp during the expedition


or Luci

[loo-see] /ˈlu si/
a female given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "For Lucy's sake we ought to be firm," continued Mrs. Merriman.

    A Modern Tomboy L. T. Meade
  • If this awful fate fell to Lucy Mokunui, what might my lot not be?

    The House of Pride Jack London
  • To this Lucy thought it best to make no answer, and the conversation for a while was dropped.

    The Eustace Diamonds Anthony Trollope
  • Four bells struck, and Captain Lucy made his appearance from below.

  • It was sent to grandmother's care, and I got it this afternoon; also one from Lucy Rawdon.

    The Man Between Amelia E. Barr
British Dictionary definitions for Lucy


Saint. died ?303 ad, a virgin martyred by Diocletian in Syracuse. Feast day: Dec 13
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Word Origin and History for Lucy

fem. proper name, from French Lucie, from Latin Lucia, fem. of Lucius (see Lucian).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Lucy in Culture

Lucy definition

Nickname for one of the most complete skeletons of an early ancestor of humans ever found. Discovered in Ethiopia by Don Johanson, Tim White, and Tom Gray, Lucy lived approximately three million years ago. She walked upright, and anthropologists estimate that she was about twenty years old when she died. Lucy is considered one of the great finds of anthropology.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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