erotica

[ 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.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. erosive,
  2. erotema,
  3. erotes,
  4. erotetic,
  5. erotic,
  6. eroticism,
  7. eroticize,
  8. erotism,
  9. eroto-,
  10. erotogenesis

Origin of erotica

1850–55; < Greek, neuter plural of erōtikós erotic

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British Dictionary definitions for erotica

erotica

/ (ɪˈrɒtɪkə) /

pl n

explicitly sexual literature or art

Word Origin for erotica

C19: from Greek erōtika, neuter plural of erōtikos erotic

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Word Origin and History for erotica

erotica

n.

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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