lusus naturæ

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See also: lusûs naturæ

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Etymology[edit]

singular

From Latin lūsus nātūræ (sport of Nature),[1] from lūsus (playing”, “sport)[1] + nātūræ (of Nature), genitive singular form of nātūra (Nature).

plural

From Latin lūsūs nātūræ (sports of Nature), from lūsūs (playings”, “sports), nominative plural form of lūsus + nātūræ.

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  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: lo͞oʹso͞os nətyo͝oəʹrē, lyo͞oʹso͞os nətyo͝oəʹrē, IPA(key): /ˈluːsuːs nəˈtjʊəɹiː/, /ˈljuːsuːs nəˈtjʊəɹiː/

Noun[edit]

lusus naturæ (plural lusus naturæ or lusûs naturæ)

  1. (historical, originally) A supposed capricious act of Nature regarded as the cause and origin of marked phænotypic anomalies in a given organism.[1]
  2. (chiefly in this concrete sense)[1] An organism exhibiting marked phænotypic deviation from the norm, seeming to be the result of sportive design.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 ‖lusus naturæ” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]