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
What matters here is both the biochemical system, which is responsible for the dynamic flavor and aroma behavior and so forth, and also materials that have very precise properties that are somewhat exotic from a materials science standpoint.Would you like “milk” with that Impossible burger? | James Temple | October 20, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
As Jessa Crispin writes in the Boston Review, the most popular female-centered travel stories are ones in which the protagonist uses exotic foods, sights, smells, and customs to fuel her self-discovery.
I grew up in a small town in the middle of America, and sometimes when I travel to small towns in other places that feel exotic to me, I catch myself thinking, This is a great place.Searching for the Meaning of Travel at 11 Miles an Hour | Brendan Leonard | October 4, 2020 | Outside Online
HBC’s Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, both higher-end retailers than Nordstrom or Bloomingdale’s, continue to sell fur and exotic skins products.Nordstrom to stop selling fur and exotic skin products | Phil Wahba | September 29, 2020 | Fortune
This would seem to exclude exotic stablecoins like Dai that are supported in part by algorithms, as well as Tether.Feds’ ‘stablecoin’ letter may boost crypto ambitions of Facebook, Square | Jeff | September 22, 2020 | Fortune
The original is certainly one of the most exotically strange pieces of writing in any language, and weird beyond description.The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 1 | Elizabeth Bisland
Exotically lovely she was, with primitive, unrestrained passions—typical of the land in which she lived.Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1930 | Victor Rousseau
And we saw or heard about the exotically named preprocessed and prepackaged food, about the pastimes of the troops.The Civilization of Illiteracy | Mihai Nadin
Her voice was as exotically attractive as the rest of her; low, clear, a little throaty.Mask of Death | Paul Ernst
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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