[ luhg-zhoor-ee-uhnt, luhk-shoor- ]
/ lʌgˈʒʊər i ənt, lʌkˈʃʊər- /


abundant or lush in growth, as vegetation.
producing abundantly, as soil; fertile; fruitful; productive: to settle in luxuriant country.
richly abundant, profuse, or superabundant.
florid, as imagery or ornamentation; lacking in restraint.

Origin of luxuriant

1530–40; < Latin luxuriant- (stem of luxuriāns), present participle of luxuriāre to be rank or immoderate. See luxury, -ant
Related forms
Can be confusedluxuriant luxurious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for luxuriant


/ (lʌɡˈzjʊərɪənt) /


rich and abundant; lush
very elaborate or ornate
extremely productive or fertile
Derived Formsluxuriance, nounluxuriantly, adverb

Word Origin for luxuriant

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


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Word Origin and History for luxuriant



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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