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aphrodisiac

[af-ruh-dee-ze-ak, -diz-ee-ak]
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adjective
  1. Also aph·ro·di·si·a·cal [af-ruh-duh-zahy-uh-kuh l, -sahy-] /ˌæf rə dəˈzaɪ ə kəl, -ˈsaɪ-/. arousing sexual desire.
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noun
  1. an aphrodisiac food, drug, potion, or other agent that arouses sexual desire.
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Origin of aphrodisiac

1710–20; < Greek aphrodīsiakós relating to love or desire, equivalent to aphrodī́si(os) of Aphrodite + -akos -ac
Related formsan·ti·aph·ro·dis·i·ac, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for aphrodisiac

aphrodisiac

noun
  1. a drug, food, etc, that excites sexual desire
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adjective
  1. exciting or heightening sexual desire
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Word Origin

C18: from Greek aphrodisiakos, from aphrodisios belonging to Aphrodite
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Word Origin and History for aphrodisiac

n.

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)

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aphrodisiac in Medicine

aphrodisiac

(ăf′rə-dĭzē-ăk′, -dēzē-)
adj.
  1. Arousing, increasing, or intensifying sexual desire.
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n.
  1. An aphrodisiac drug or food.
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Related formsaph′ro•di•sia•cal (-dĭ-zīĭ-kəl) adj.
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aphrodisiac in Culture

aphrodisiac

[(af-ruh-dee-zee-ak, af-ruh-diz-ee-ak)]

A substance or quality that excites sexual desire.

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Note

Aphrodisiacs are named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love.
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