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1. Having leprosy.
2. Of, relating to, or resembling leprosy.
3. Biology Having or consisting of loose, scurfy scales.

[Middle English leprus, from Old French lepros, from Late Latin leprōsus, from lepra, leprosy; see leper.]

lep′rous·ly adv.
lep′rous·ness n.
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1. (Pathology) having leprosy
2. (Pathology) relating to or resembling leprosy
3. (Biology) biology a less common word for leprose
[C13: from Old French, from Late Latin leprosus, from lepra leper]
ˈleprously adv
ˈleprousness n
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(ˈlɛp rəs)

1. affected with leprosy.
2. of or resembling leprosy.
3. Biol. covered with scales.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Late Latin leprōsus. See leper, -ous]
lep′rous•ly, adv.
lep′rous•ness, n.
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Adj.1.leprous - relating to or resembling or having leprosy
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[ˈleprəs] ADJleproso
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adjleprös, aussätzig (old)
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[ˈlɛprəs] adjlebbroso/a
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While real women are for him anatomical models, "chairs a experience, pas meme a plaisir" (216), he falls prey to the void eyes of the Louvre's Venuses, in which he detects at once a sense of death and the look of Astarte: "huge Venuses of bronze, leprously calcined in places, whose eyes were fulgurant, splendidly empty, in their masks of black metal" (49).
The word "tetter" means eruption, so this description of the leprously mortifying effects of the poison provides an anatomical analogy on the old king's body to Horatio's remark in the play's opening scene that the appearance of the ghost 'bodes some strange eruption to our state" (I.i.69).