Dictionary.com

lusus naturae

[ loo-suhs nuh-toor-ee, -tyoor-ee ]
/ ˈlu səs nəˈtʊər i, -ˈtyʊər i /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: lusus naturae / lusus naturaes on Thesaurus.com

noun
a deformed person or thing; freak.
QUIZ
SHALL WE PLAY A "SHALL" VS. "SHOULD" CHALLENGE?
Should you take this quiz on “shall” versus “should”? It should prove to be a quick challenge!
Question 1 of 6
Which form is commonly used with other verbs to express intention?

Origin of lusus naturae

First recorded in 1655–65, lusus naturae is from Latin lūsus nātūrae “a jest of nature”

Words nearby lusus naturae

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use lusus naturae in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for lusus naturae

lusus naturae
/ (ˈluːsʊs næˈtʊəriː) /

noun
a freak, mutant, or monster

Word Origin for lusus naturae

C17: Latin: whim of nature
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for lusus naturae

lusus naturae
[ lōōsəs nə-turē ]

n.
A conspicuous congenital abnormality.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
FEEDBACK