Definition of aphrodisiac in English:

aphrodisiac

Line breaks: aphro|dis¦iac
Pronunciation: /ˌafrəˈdɪzɪak
 
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noun

  • A food, drink, or other thing that stimulates sexual desire: power is the ultimate aphrodisiac
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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.
    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
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    • 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

Derivatives

aphrodisiacal

adjective
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  • 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.

Origin

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

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