[ lep-ruh s ]
/ ˈlɛp rəs /


Pathology. affected with leprosy.
of or resembling leprosy.
Botany, Zoology. covered with scales.

Origin of leprous

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English word from Late Latin word leprōsus. See leper, -ous
Related formslep·rous·ly, adverblep·rous·ness, nounnon·lep·rous, adjectivenon·lep·rous·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for leprous


/ (ˈlɛprəs) /


having leprosy
relating to or resembling leprosy
biology a less common word for leprose
Derived Formsleprously, adverbleprousness, noun

Word Origin for leprous

C13: from Old French, from Late Latin leprosus, from lepra leper
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Word Origin and History for leprous



early 13c., leprus, from Old French lepros (Modern French lépreux), from Late Latin leprosus, from Latin lepra "leprosy" (see leper).

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