- Also aph·ro·di·si·a·cal [af-ruh-duh-zahy-uh-kuh l, -sahy-] /ˌæf rə dəˈzaɪ ə kəl, -ˈsaɪ-/. arousing sexual desire.
- an aphrodisiac food, drug, potion, or other agent that arouses sexual desire.
Origin of aphrodisiac
Examples from the Web for aphrodisiac
Expensive real estate is an aphrodisiac for girls like Claire, Walter notes.This Week’s Hot Reads: Feb. 4, 2013
Jimmy So, G. Clay Whittaker, Tunku Varadarajan
February 4, 2013
Power is an aphrodisiac, Henry Kissinger famously said, but it is clearly also a great skin cream.Guess Who's 60 Now?
June 27, 2009
Eringoes, the holly plant, which was considered to be an aphrodisiac.Thomas Otway
For I, too, wrote at first to amuse myself with aphrodisiac statements.L-bas
J. K. Huysmans
The use of cantharides and other aphrodisiac remedies to stimulate the sexual organs is a most pernicious practice.Plain Facts for Old and Young
John Harvey Kellogg
Ishtar's aphrodisiac character, though it can scarcely be doubted, does not appear very clearly in the inscriptions.
It is sometimes taken as an abortifacient or given as an aphrodisiac, but whether it has any such action is open to question.Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
W. G. Aitchison Robertson
- a drug, food, etc, that excites sexual desire
- exciting or heightening sexual desire
Word Origin and History for aphrodisiac
1719, from Greek aphrodisiakos "inducing sexual desire," from aphrodisios, "pertaining to Aphrodite; sexual pleasure; a temple of Aphrodite," Greek goddess of love and beauty. As an adjective from 1830 (earlier was aphrodisical, 1719)
- Arousing, increasing, or intensifying sexual desire.
- An aphrodisiac drug or food.
A substance or quality that excites sexual desire.