- 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 aphrodisiacal
The following instances sufficiently establish the aphrodisiacal qualities of phosphorus.
The mushroom was also equally well known as the truffle to the ancient Romans for its aphrodisiacal qualities.
Certain condiments are also aphrodisiacal, acting as they undoubtedly do, as powerful stimulants.
Musk taken internally is said by many physicians to be almost equal to ambergris for its aphrodisiacal qualities.
Thus onions are regarded as aphrodisiacal, and were so regarded by the Greeks, as we learn from Aristophanes.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)
- a drug, food, etc, that excites sexual desire
- exciting or heightening sexual desire
Word Origin and History for aphrodisiacal
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.