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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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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), Lua error in Module:etymology_language at line 136: The source language/family code "frs" is not valid. Lua error in Module:links/templates at line 52: The language code "frs" is not valid., 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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