from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Archaic A midwife.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Roman mythology, the goddess who presided over childbirth, considered as a daughter of Jupiter and Juno, but frequently confused with Juno or with Diana. She corresponded more or less closely to the Greek goddes Eileithyia.
- n. [N.L.] In zoology
- n. The typical genus of Lucinidæ, having both lateral and cardinal teeth.
- n. A genus of flies of the family Sciomyzidœ, containing two large gray European species resembling members of the genus Scatophaga.
- n. A genus of orthopterous insects.
Latin Lūcīna, goddess of childbirth, from feminine of lūcīnus, light-bringing, from lūx, lūc-, light; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)