1. fleshpots,
    1. places offering luxurious and unrestrained pleasure or amusement: the fleshpots of Las Vegas.
    2. luxurious and unrestrained living.
  2. a pot or vessel containing flesh or meat.

Origin of fleshpot

First recorded in 1525–35; flesh + pot1
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Examples from the Web for fleshpots

Historical Examples of fleshpots

  • The fleshpots of Egypt are still savory to degenerate palates.

    Patrick Henry

    Moses Coit Tyler

  • We put our hand to the plough, but we turn our heads and look to our Egypt and its fleshpots. '

    To Have and To Hold

    Mary Johnston

  • When we journey out of Egypt again we shall not leave the fleshpots behind.

    The Jewish State

    Theodor Herzl

  • We are so greedy for the fleshpots of Egypt, that we forget to satisfy the soul hunger.

    In League with Israel

    Annie F. Johnston

  • It was the children of Israel wailing for the fleshpots of Egypt.

British Dictionary definitions for fleshpots


pl n often facetious
  1. luxurious or self-indulgent living
  2. places, such as striptease clubs, where bodily desires are gratified or titillated

Word Origin for fleshpots

C16: from the Biblical use as applied to Egypt (Exodus 16:3)
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Word Origin and History for fleshpots



from flesh (n.) + pot (n.1); literally "pot in which flesh is boiled," hence "luxuries regarded with envy," especially in fleshpots of Egypt, from Exodus xvi:3:

Whan we sat by ye Flesh pottes, and had bred ynough to eate. [Coverdale translation, 1535]
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