lusus naturae

[ loo-suh s nuh-too r-ee, -tyoo r-ee ]
/ ˈlu səs nəˈtʊər i, -ˈtyʊər i /


a deformed person or thing; freak.

Words nearby lusus naturae

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. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for lusus naturae

lusus naturae
/ (ˈluːsʊs næˈtʊəriː) /


a freak, mutant, or monster

Word Origin for lusus naturae

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

lusus naturae
[ lōōsəs nə-turē ]


A conspicuous congenital abnormality.
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