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adjective, flesh·i·er, flesh·i·est.
  1. having much flesh; plump; fat.
  2. consisting of or resembling flesh.
  3. Botany. consisting of fleshlike substance; pulpy, as a fruit; thick and tender, as a succulent leaf.

Origin of fleshy

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at flesh, -y1
Related formsflesh·i·ly, adjectiveflesh·i·ness, noun
Can be confusedfleshly fleshy
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adjective fleshier or fleshiest
  1. fat; plump
  2. related to or resembling flesh
  3. botany (of some fruits, leaves, etc) thick and pulpy
Derived Formsfleshiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fleshy

"plump," mid-14c., from flesh (n.) + -y (2). Related: Fleshiness.

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