lepre

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See also: Lepre, lèpre, and łepre

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From Latin leporem, accusative singular of lepus.

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lepre f (plural lepri)

  1. hare (mammal, meat)
    la lepre venne distanziata dalla testuggine
    the hare was outdistanced by the tortoise
  2. symbol of speed, caution, or timidity
  3. (sports) pace setter, pacemaker

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Noun[edit]

lepre f (oblique plural lepres, nominative singular lepre, nominative plural lepres)

  1. leprosy (disease)
    • 1377, Bernard de Gordon, Fleur de lis de medecine (a.k.a. lilium medicine), page 171 of this essay:
      La lepre c’est maladie consimile corrumpant la forme et la figure et la composicion des membres et blessé et vient de matiere melancolique esparse par tout le corps.
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