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[luhg-zhoor-ee-uhnt, luhk-shoor-]
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  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


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  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 luxuriantly



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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