monstrosity

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From Late Latin monstrositas (monstrousness), from Latin monstrōsus.

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monstrosity (plural monstrosities)

  1. A plant or animal showing abnormal development or deformity.
    • 1859, Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species, I:
      Geoffrey St Hilaire's experiments show that unnatural treatment of the embryo causes monstrosities; and monstrosities cannot be separated by any clear line of distinction from mere variations.
  2. A monstrous thing, person or act.
  3. The state of being monstrous.

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