Definition of aphrodisiac in English:

aphrodisiac

Syllabification: aph·ro·dis·i·ac
Pronunciation: /ˌafrəˈdizēˌak, -ˈdēzē-, -ˈdēZHē-
 
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noun

  • 1A food, drink, or drug that stimulates sexual desire: the Romans worshiped the apple as an aphrodisiac [as adjective]: aphrodisiac powers
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    • For example, alcohol is commonly viewed as an aphrodisiac that increases sexual desire and capacity.
    • In spite of its name, it is neither a stimulant nor an aphrodisiac.
    • The meal was vegetarian and lacked most spices, since certain foods are mild aphrodisiacs and monks supposedly lead celibate lives.
  • 1.1A thing that causes excitement: for a few seconds she’d fallen for the powerful aphrodisiac of music power is an aphrodisiac
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    • He swiftly realised that a man with a guitar was a powerful aphrodisiac.
    • That's the price of power that these folks, who think of power as the ultimate aphrodisiac, are more than willing to pay.
    • Fame may indeed be the ultimate aphrodisiac, but for Dee, getting it turns out to be A Sweet Sickness.

Origin

early 18th century: from Greek aphrodisiakos, from aphrodisios, from Aphroditē (see Aphrodite).

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