lusus naturae


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lusus naturae

(ˈluːsʊs næˈtʊəriː)
n
a freak, mutant, or monster. Also called: lusus
[C17: Latin: whim of nature]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lusus naturae - a person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformedlusus naturae - a person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformed
leviathan - the largest or most massive thing of its kind; "it was a leviathan among redwoods"; "they were assigned the leviathan of textbooks"
mutant, mutation, sport, variation - (biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration
References in classic literature ?
The semblance of a human face to be formed on the side of a mountain, or in the fracture of a small stone, by a lusus naturae [freak of nature].
I was a lusus naturae, she affirmed, as a village schoolmistress: she was sure my previous history, if known, would make a delightful romance.
1999) sin mencionar el ojo grabado que es lo que distingue un relieve aprovechado de un lusus naturae.