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aphrodisiac

Line breaks: aphro|dis¦iac
Pronunciation: /ˌafrəˈdɪzɪak
 
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Definition of aphrodisiac in English:

noun

A food, drink, or other thing that stimulates sexual desire: power is the ultimate aphrodisiac
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
love potion, philtre;
stimulant

adjective

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Of the nature of an aphrodisiac; stimulating sexual desire: the aphrodisiac effects of ylang-ylang oil
More example sentences
  • Perfumes are often used like pheromones, for that aphrodisiac effect.
  • Among many of its healing effects, its aphrodisiac quality has been successfully documented and appreciated for thousands of years.
  • By now she knows exactly the aphrodisiac effect she has on men.
Synonyms
erotic, sexy, sexually arousing, stimulative, stimulant
rare venereous

Origin

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

Derivatives

aphrodisiacal

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adjective
Example sentences
  • A fingernail scraping of ambergris dissolved in water, then added to the sauce, is credited with aphrodisiacal powers - which might help explain its price of ninety dollars per ounce.
  • Not only are oysters reportedly aphrodisiacal - Casanova famously feasted on them every day - they are a sensuous, zinc-rich texture food full of squelchy, salty juiciness.
  • The drugs produce highs and aphrodisiacal effects and have also been known to cause death.

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