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leprous

[lep-ruh s] /ˈlɛp rəs/
adjective
1.
Pathology. affected with leprosy.
2.
of or resembling leprosy.
3.
Botany, Zoology. covered with scales.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English < Late Latin leprōsus. See leper, -ous
Related forms
leprously, adverb
leprousness, noun
nonleprous, adjective
nonleprously, adverb
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  • The rich spice vein of only moments before had turned into a leprous mouth ready to swallow them.
British Dictionary definitions for leprous

leprous

/ˈlɛprəs/
adjective
1.
having leprosy
2.
relating to or resembling leprosy
3.
(biology) a less common word for leprose
Derived Forms
leprously, adverb
leprousness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Late Latin leprosus, from lepraleper
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Word Origin and History for leprous
adj.

early 13c., leprus, from Old French lepros (Modern French lépreux), from Late Latin leprosus, from Latin lepra "leprosy" (see leper).

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