1. Having leprosy.
2. Of, relating to, or resembling leprosy.
3. Biology Having or consisting of loose, scurfy scales.
[Middle English leprus, from Old French lepros, from Late Latin leprōsus, from lepra, leprosy; see LEPER.]
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