[ suhk-yuh-luhnt ]
/ ˈsʌk yə lənt /
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full of juice; juicy.
rich in desirable qualities.
affording mental nourishment.
(of a plant) having fleshy and juicy tissues.


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
suc·cu·lence, suc·cu·len·cy, nounsuc·cu·lent·ly, adverbun·suc·cu·lent, adjectiveun·suc·cu·lent·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for succulent

/ (ˈsʌkjʊlənt) /


abundant in juices; juicy
(of plants) having thick fleshy leaves or stems
informal stimulating interest, desire, etc


a plant that is able to exist in arid or salty conditions by using water stored in its fleshy tissues
succulence or succulency, nounsucculently, adverb
C17: from Latin succulentus, from sūcus juice
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Scientific definitions for succulent

[ sŭkyə-lənt ]

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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