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[ih-rot-i-kuh] /ɪˈrɒt ɪ kə/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
written works, usually fiction, dealing with sexual love.
sexually explicit art, photographs, sculptures, or the like, depicting human sexuality.
Origin of erotica
1850-55; < Greek, neuter plural of erōtikós erotic Unabridged
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  • Nevertheless, that is the method which the author of the erotica Biblon adopts for portraying the morals of the Jewish people.

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British Dictionary definitions for erotica


plural noun
explicitly sexual literature or art
Word Origin
C19: from Greek erōtika, neuter plural of erōtikoserotic
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Word Origin and History for erotica

1820, noun use of neuter plural of Greek erotikos "amatory" (see erotic); originally a booksellers' catalogue heading.

Force Flame
And with a Blonde push
Over your impotence
Flits Steam
[Emily Dickinson, #854, c.1864]

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