Definition of lusus naturae in English:

lusus naturae

Line breaks: lusus na|turae
Pronunciation: /ˌluːsəs nəˈtjʊəriː
 
, -rʌɪ/

noun (plural same /-suːs/ or lususes)

rare
A freak of nature: they said he was wonderful, surprisingly fit, a lusus naturae
More example sentences
  • More specifically, the Old Man represented a kind of curiosity called the lusus naturae, a play or joke of nature.
  • At length by mere accident I discovered an extraordinary lusus naturae in the disposition of the right subclavian artery.
  • On Sunday last, a cow of the Durham breed calved, along with a remarkably fine bull calf, which is still alive, a very curious lusus naturae.

Origin

Latin, literally 'a sport of nature'.

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