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[suhk-yuh-luh nt]
  1. full of juice; juicy.
  2. rich in desirable qualities.
  3. affording mental nourishment.
  4. (of a plant) having fleshy and juicy tissues.
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  1. a succulent plant, as a sedum or cactus.
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Origin of succulent

1595–1605; < Late Latin sūculentus, equivalent to Latin sūc(us), succus juice + -ulentus -ulent
Related formssuc·cu·lence, suc·cu·len·cy, nounsuc·cu·lent·ly, adverbun·suc·cu·lent, adjectiveun·suc·cu·lent·ly, adverb
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  1. abundant in juices; juicy
  2. (of plants) having thick fleshy leaves or stems
  3. informal stimulating interest, desire, etc
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  1. a plant that is able to exist in arid or salty conditions by using water stored in its fleshy tissues
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Derived Formssucculence or succulency, nounsucculently, adverb

Word Origin for succulent

C17: from Latin succulentus, from sūcus juice
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Word Origin and History for succulence



c.1600, from French succulent, from Latin succulentus "having juice," from succus "juice, sap;" related to sugere "to suck," and cognate with Old English sucan "to suck" (see suck).

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succulence in Science


  1. Any of various plants having fleshy leaves or stems that store water. Cacti and the jade plant are succulents. Succulents are usually adapted to drier environments and display other characteristics that reduce water loss, such as waxy coatings on leaves and stems, fewer stomata than occur on other plants, and stout, rounded stems that minimize surface area.
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