Lusus-natur Definition


(historical, originally) A supposed capricious act of Nature regarded as the cause and origin of marked phænotypic anomalies in a given organism.


(chiefly in this concrete sense) An organism exhibiting marked phænotypic deviation from the norm, seeming to be the result of sportive design.


Origin of Lusus-natur

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

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

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