aphrodisiac

[ af-ruh-dee-ze-ak, -diz-ee-ak ]
/ ˌæf rəˈdi zɛˌæk, -ˈdɪz iˌæk /

adjective

Also aph·ro·di·si·a·cal [af-ruh-duh-zahy-uh-kuh l, -sahy-] /ˌæf rə dəˈzaɪ ə kəl, -ˈsaɪ-/. arousing sexual desire.

noun

an aphrodisiac food, drug, potion, or other agent that arouses sexual desire.

Nearby words

  1. aphorize,
  2. aphotic,
  3. aphra,
  4. aphrasia,
  5. aphrodisia,
  6. aphrodite,
  7. aphrodite terra,
  8. aphtha,
  9. aphthae,
  10. aphthae majores

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 anti-aphrodisiac

aphrodisiac

/ (ˌæfrəˈdɪzɪæk) /

noun

a drug, food, etc, that excites sexual desire

adjective

exciting or heightening sexual desire

Word Origin for aphrodisiac

C18: from Greek aphrodisiakos, from aphrodisios belonging to Aphrodite

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Word Origin and History for anti-aphrodisiac

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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Medicine definitions for anti-aphrodisiac

aphrodisiac

[ ăf′rə-dĭzē-ăk′, -dēzē- ]

adj.

Arousing, increasing, or intensifying sexual desire.

n.

An aphrodisiac drug or food.
Related formsaph′ro•di•sia•cal (-dĭ-zīĭ-kəl) adj.


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Culture definitions for anti-aphrodisiac

aphrodisiac

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

A substance or quality that excites sexual desire.

Note

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

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