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Lucy1

[loo-see] /ˈlu si/
noun
1.
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

Lucy2

or Luci

[loo-see] /ˈlu si/
noun
1.
a female given name.
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  • Lucy is the justice's daughter in Miss Edgeworth's little chamber-drama.

  • So she, following the example of Lucy, wished to sell everything that she might give.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • It was then that Lucy Ann took a brief draught of the cup of peace.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • It was done, and Lucy Ann looked at herself with a smile all suffused by love and longing.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • "I'll pack away my own clo'es to-morrer," said Lucy Ann to herself.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for Lucy

Lucy

/ˈluːsɪ/
noun
1.
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).

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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.

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