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.
something that is exotic: The flower show included several tropical exotics with showy blooms.
an exotic dancer; a striptease dancer or belly dancer.
- ex·ot·i·cal·ly, adverb
- ex·ot·ic·ness, noun
- non·ex·ot·ic, adjective
- non·ex·ot·i·cal·ly, adverb
- un·ex·ot·ic, adjective
- un·ex·ot·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use exotic in a sentence
Just five years in, some scientists are already eager for something even more exotic.Einstein’s theory of general relativity unveiled a dynamic and bizarre cosmos | Elizabeth Quill | February 3, 2021 | Science News
The ETCR rulebook is much less restrictive, and as a result, the Veloster N ETCR is a much more exotic thing, with not one but four electric motors paired up so that each rear wheel is powered by a pair of motors.An electric race car has lapped Daytona for the first time | Jonathan M. Gitlin | January 31, 2021 | Ars Technica
Some of its residents are more exotic—the Big Iron in all its massive forms, from Z-series to Superdome and all points in between.Ars online IT roundtable: What’s the future of the data center? | Lee Hutchinson | January 21, 2021 | Ars Technica
Scientists have finally gotten a clear view of the spark that sets off an exotic type of lightning called a blue jet.Space station detectors found the source of weird ‘blue jet’ lightning | Maria Temming | January 21, 2021 | Science News
In the future, McCauley expects Anchorage to bring in more money from what are now exotic services like “staking” and “governance.”In a first for the crypto industry, Visa-backed Anchorage gets a federal bank charter | Jeff Roberts | January 13, 2021 | Fortune
The smell of grilled meat mixes with the exotic wafts of cinnamon tea served with a mush of sweet brown dessert.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech | Liza Foreman | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
While the chicken today might be the least exotic bird one can think of, it was once a gift that wowed kings.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity | William O’Connor | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Europeans seem to find them exotic, an odd case of culture-envy in reverse.
Los Angeles was wonderfully exotic; a polyglot mix of Aztec, Incan, Mayan and New World scents and sounds.
Hollywood, too, became enraptured by the exotic abyss of Stanleyville.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis | Nina Strochlic | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Her eyes were cool green with an exotic lift at the outer extremities of the lids.
Near the church a public garden has lately been formed, and some curious exotic trees placed there with great success.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil | Maria Graham
This is enough to make the San Franciscan an exotic, and it contributes in a great measure to his fatal content.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
With his evasive singularity was mingled a certain exotic odour like the distant perfume of a country well loved of the sun.Charles Baudelaire, His Life | Thophile Gautier
Already, the exotic multiplied sensations had become translated into the bent of his imagination.The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for exotic
originating in a foreign country, esp one in the tropics; not native: an 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 Zealand: an exotic forest
of or relating to striptease
an exotic person or thing
- exotically, adverb
- exoticism, noun
- exoticness, noun
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