Definition of leprose in English:

leprose

adjective

Botany
  • Having a scaly or powdery appearance; lepidote; especially designating crustose lichens in which the surface of the thallus is granular or powdery.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Nuttall (1786–1859), botanist. From scientific Latin leprosus, specific use of post-classical Latin leprosus; compare -ose.

Pronunciation

leprose

/ˈlɛprəʊz//ˈlɛprəʊs/