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luxuriant

[luhg-zhoo r-ee-uh nt, luhk-shoo r-]
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adjective
  1. abundant or lush in growth, as vegetation.
  2. producing abundantly, as soil; fertile; fruitful; productive: to settle in luxuriant country.
  3. richly abundant, profuse, or superabundant.
  4. florid, as imagery or ornamentation; lacking in restraint.
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Origin of luxuriant

1530–40; < Latin luxuriant- (stem of luxuriāns), present participle of luxuriāre to be rank or immoderate. See luxury, -ant
Related formslux·u·ri·ant·ly, adverbo·ver·lux·u·ri·ant, adjectiveo·ver·lux·u·ri·ant·ly, adverbun·lux·u·ri·ant, adjectiveun·lux·u·ri·ant·ly, adverb
Can be confusedluxuriant luxurious

Synonyms

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1. teeming. 2. fruitful, prolific. 3. copious.
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  • It is full of the finest grass, and its soil is rich and luxuriant.

    Imogen

    William Godwin

  • Nor could Nature, here in her most luxuriant mood, relieve it from its sordid aspect.

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • In colour, it was of a greenish-red and a very gentle yet luxuriant green.

    Recollections

    David Christie Murray

  • The luxuriant mythology of the early Greeks was not unscientific.

  • Abortion, also, often follows a sudden change from poor to luxuriant food.


British Dictionary definitions for luxuriant

luxuriant

adjective
  1. rich and abundant; lush
  2. very elaborate or ornate
  3. extremely productive or fertile
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Derived Formsluxuriance, nounluxuriantly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin luxuriāns, present participle of luxuriāre to abound to excess

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Word Origin and History for luxuriant

adj.

1530s, from Middle French luxuriant and directly from Latin luxuriantem (nominative luxurians), present participle of luxuriare "have to excess, grow profusely" (see luxuriate). Related: Luxuriantly.

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