loupe

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English[edit]

Dental loupes
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Borrowing from French loupe.

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loupe (plural loupes)

  1. A magnifying glass, usually mounted in an eyepiece, often used by jewellers and watchmakers.
    • 1996, David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest, Abacus 2013, p. 213:
      Pemulis owns stuff like philatelic forceps, a loupe, a pharmaceutical scale, a postal scale, a personal-size Bunsen burner […].
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 264:
      pale gnomes, patient as lock-pickers, squinted through loupes, adjusting tremblers and timers with tiny screwdrivers and forceps.
  2. A type of short-range binoculars used by surgeons and dentists.

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From Middle French, from Old French loupe (sapphire lens, imperfect gem, mass of hot metal), from Frankish *luppa (something pendulous), from Proto-Germanic *lubbō(n)- (that which hangs or dangles), *lub- (to peel, hang), from Proto-Indo-European *lep- (to peel, skin). Cognate with Dutch dialectal (Meuse-Rhenish) luppe (piece), Middle Dutch and Middle Low German lobbe (dangling part), Eastern Frisian lobbe (hanging lump of flesh), Old English loppe, lobbe (spider), Dutch lob (hanging lip, ruffle or sleeve). More at lobe.

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loupe f (plural loupes)

  1. magnifying glass
  2. loupe
  3. (medicine) wen (a cyst on the skin)
  4. (botany) burl, a growth on the side of a tree
  5. (slang) laziness

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Noun[edit]

loupe f (oblique plural loupes, nominative singular loupe, nominative plural loupes)

  1. tumor
  2. cyst
  3. lump; mass
  4. uncut precious stone
  5. mass of molten metal

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