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Monday, April 08, 2013

Definitions for plethoric

  1. overfull; turgid; inflated: a plethoric, pompous speech.
  2. of, pertaining to, or characterized by plethora.

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Citations for plethoric
He is a plethoric sleeper: literally a sleeper having an excess of red corpuscles in the blood (the opposite of anaemic), suggesting "unhealthy repletion", but here a "heavy" sleeper. Arthur Conan Doyle, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, 1903
And I did these things, not that I was an egotist, not that I was impervious to the critical glances of my fellows, but because of a certain hogskin belt, plethoric and sweat-bewrinkled, which buckled next the skin above the hips. Jack London, "The Dignity of Dollars," Revolution and Other Essays, 1900
Origin of plethoric
Plethoric came to English in the late 1300s from the Greek plethore meaning "fullness."