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[suhk-yuh-luh nt] /ˈsʌk yə lənt/
full of juice; juicy.
rich in desirable qualities.
affording mental nourishment.
(of a plant) having fleshy and juicy tissues.
a succulent plant, as a sedum or cactus.
Origin of succulent
1595-1605; < Late Latin sūculentus, equivalent to Latin sūc(us), succus juice + -ulentus -ulent
Related forms
succulence, succulency, noun
succulently, adverb
unsucculent, adjective
unsucculently, adverb Unabridged
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  • By keeping the meat whole, you will better preserve the succulence of it.

  • Jackal and fox must be dry and hard, but the stew-pot may reduce them to succulence.

    Beast and Man in India

    John Lockwood Kipling
  • Of its succulence I must leave you to judge when you shall gather your first harvest.

    The Mercy of Allah Hilaire Belloc
  • Of their tenderness, succulence, and delicacy of flavour there can be no question.

    The Art of Entertaining

    M. E. W. Sherwood
  • In the second place, there is no loss of succulence and hardly any of flavor.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • There may the wild turkey be seen, in all the perfection of size, succulence, and savour.

    The Guerilla Chief Mayne Reid
  • The succulence of Daphne led to experiments on Cyclops—Cyclops is her first cousin—and the taste, once acquired, never left him.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Douglas English
  • The dinner had been excellent as regards the succulence of its South Carolina dishes.

    Jupiter Lights Constance Fenimore Woolson
British Dictionary definitions for succulence


abundant in juices; juicy
(of plants) having thick fleshy leaves or stems
(informal) stimulating interest, desire, etc
a plant that is able to exist in arid or salty conditions by using water stored in its fleshy tissues
Derived Forms
succulence, succulency, noun
succulently, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin succulentus, from sūcus juice
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Word Origin and History for succulence



c.1600, from French succulent, from Latin succulentus "having juice," from succus "juice, sap;" related to sugere "to suck," and cognate with Old English sucan "to suck" (see suck).

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succulence in Science
Any of various plants having fleshy leaves or stems that store water. Cacti and the jade plant are succulents. Succulents are usually adapted to drier environments and display other characteristics that reduce water loss, such as waxy coatings on leaves and stems, fewer stomata than occur on other plants, and stout, rounded stems that minimize surface area.
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