Etymology
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lupus (n.)

late 14c., used of several diseases that cause ulcerations of the skin, from Medieval Latin lupus, from Latin lupus "wolf" (see wolf (n.)), apparently because it "devours" the affected part. As the name of a southern constellation representing a wolf, by 1706.

updated on September 08, 2016

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Definitions of lupus from WordNet
1
lupus (n.)
any of several forms of ulcerative skin disease;
2
Lupus (n.)
a constellation in the southern hemisphere near Centaurus;
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