lusus naturae

[loo-suh s nuh-too r-ee, -tyoo r-ee]


a deformed person or thing; freak.

Origin of lusus naturae

First recorded in 1655–65, lusus naturae is from the Latin word lūsus nātūrae a jest of nature Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for lusus naturae

lusus naturae


a freak, mutant, or monster

Word Origin for lusus naturae

C17: Latin: whim of nature
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Medicine definitions for lusus naturae

lusus naturae

[lōōsəs nə-turē]


A conspicuous congenital abnormality.
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