exotic

[ ig-zot-ik ]
/ ɪgˈzɒt ɪk /

adjective

of foreign origin or character; not native; introduced from abroad, but not fully naturalized or acclimatized: exotic foods; exotic plants.
strikingly unusual or strange in effect or appearance: an exotic hairstyle.
of a uniquely new or experimental nature: exotic weapons.
of, relating to, or involving stripteasing: the exotic clubs where strippers are featured.

noun

something that is exotic: The flower show included several tropical exotics with showy blooms.
an exotic dancer; a striptease dancer or belly dancer.

Nearby words

  1. exostosis,
  2. exostosis cartilaginea,
  3. exoteric,
  4. exoterica,
  5. exothermic,
  6. exotic dancer,
  7. exotica,
  8. exoticism,
  9. exoticize,
  10. exotism

Origin of exotic

1590–1600; < Latin exōticus < Greek exōtikós foreign. See exo-, -tic

Related forms
Can be confusederotic erratic exotic

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British Dictionary definitions for exotic

exotic

/ (ɪɡˈzɒtɪk) /

adjective

originating in a foreign country, esp one in the tropics; not nativean exotic plant
having a strange or bizarre allure, beauty, or quality
NZ (of trees, esp pine trees) native to the northern hemisphere but cultivated in New Zealandan exotic forest
of or relating to striptease

noun

an exotic person or thing
Derived Formsexotically, adverbexoticism, nounexoticness, noun

Word Origin for exotic

C16: from Latin exōticus, from Greek exōtikos foreign, from exō outside

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Word Origin and History for exotic

exotic

adj.
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