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lusus naturae

[loo-suh s nuh-too r-ee, -tyoo r-ee] /ˈlu səs nəˈtʊər i, -ˈtyʊər i/
noun
1.
a deformed person or thing; freak.
Origin of lusus naturae
1655-1665
1655-65; < Latin lūsus nātūrae a jest of nature
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  • The palm tree seems a kind of lusus naturae to the northern eye—an exotic wherever you meet it.

    To Cuba and Back Richard Henry Dana
  • Among the lower classes, lusus naturae (a Latin phrase which signifies objects or frights) are very common.

  • If there is in fact no such, he is, in his high attainment, almost a lusus naturae.

    The Brothers' War John Calvin Reed
  • If I do not mistake, there is no such thing as a black lynx, except as a lusus naturae.

    The Browning Cyclopdia Edward Berdoe
  • I may mention here that male kangaroos are sometimes found provided with pouches; but these, I conceive, are lusus naturae.

    The Bushman Edward Wilson Landor
  • “My cousins,” she remarked, putting a touch on the cow that stamped that animal a lusus naturae for all time coming.

    The Eagle Cliff R.M. Ballantyne
  • 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.

  • Poor Milly became scarlet, and suddenly devoted herself to the lusus naturae!

    The Eagle Cliff R.M. Ballantyne
  • The gossips all turn from the task of nibbling one another, and the character of the lusus naturae becomes public property.

British Dictionary definitions for lusus naturae

lusus naturae

/ˈluːsʊs næˈtʊəriː/
noun
1.
a freak, mutant, or monster
Word Origin
C17: Latin: whim of nature
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lusus naturae in Medicine

lusus naturae lu·sus na·tu·rae (lōō'səs nə-tur'ē, -tyur'ē)
n.
A conspicuous congenital abnormality.

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