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lusus naturae

[loo-suh s nuh-too r-ee, -tyoo r-ee]
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noun
  1. a deformed person or thing; freak.
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Origin of lusus naturae

First recorded in 1655–65, lusus naturae is from the Latin word lūsus nātūrae a jest of nature
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Related Words for lusus naturae

giant, devil, freak, behemoth, horror, demon, beast, villain, whale, dragon, savage, mutant, titan, ogre, colossus, brute, barbarian, abnormality, mammoth, hellion

British Dictionary definitions for lusus naturae

lusus naturae

noun
  1. a freak, mutant, or monster
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Word Origin for lusus naturae

C17: Latin: whim of nature
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lusus naturae in Medicine

lusus naturae

(lōōsəs nə-turē)
n.
  1. A conspicuous congenital abnormality.
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