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)



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