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luxuriant

[luhg-zhoo r-ee-uh nt, luhk-shoo r-] /lʌgˈʒʊər i ənt, lʌkˈʃʊər-/
adjective
1.
abundant or lush in growth, as vegetation.
2.
producing abundantly, as soil; fertile; fruitful; productive:
to settle in luxuriant country.
3.
richly abundant, profuse, or superabundant.
4.
florid, as imagery or ornamentation; lacking in restraint.
Origin of luxuriant
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin luxuriant- (stem of luxuriāns), present participle of luxuriāre to be rank or immoderate. See luxury, -ant
Related forms
luxuriantly, adverb
overluxuriant, adjective
overluxuriantly, adverb
unluxuriant, adjective
unluxuriantly, adverb
Can be confused
luxuriant, luxurious.
Synonyms
1. teeming. 2. fruitful, prolific. 3. copious.
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  • It is full of the finest grass, and its soil is rich and luxuriant.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • Nor could Nature, here in her most luxuriant mood, relieve it from its sordid aspect.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • In colour, it was of a greenish-red and a very gentle yet luxuriant green.

    Recollections David Christie Murray
  • The luxuriant mythology of the early Greeks was not unscientific.

  • Abortion, also, often follows a sudden change from poor to luxuriant food.

    Cattle and Their Diseases Robert Jennings
  • For walls it had the primeval forest, with its drapery of luxuriant foliage.

    The Citizen-Soldier John Beatty
  • We find it suddenly withering, when it should be most fresh and luxuriant.

British Dictionary definitions for luxuriant

luxuriant

/lʌɡˈzjʊərɪənt/
adjective
1.
rich and abundant; lush
2.
very elaborate or ornate
3.
extremely productive or fertile
Derived Forms
luxuriance, noun
luxuriantly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin luxuriāns, present participle of luxuriāre to abound to excess
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Word Origin and History for luxuriant
adj.

1530s, from Middle French luxuriant and directly from Latin luxuriantem (nominative luxurians), present participle of luxuriare "have to excess, grow profusely" (see luxuriate). Related: Luxuriantly.

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