Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

aphrodisiac

play
noun aph·ro·di·si·ac \ˌa-frə-ˈdē-zē-ˌak, -ˈdi-zē-\

Simple Definition of aphrodisiac

  • : something (such as a food, drink, or drug) that causes or increases sexual desire

Full Definition of aphrodisiac

  1. :  an agent (as a food or drug) that arouses or is held to arouse sexual desire

aphrodisiac also aph·ro·di·si·a·cal play \ˌa-frə-di-ˈsī-ə-kəl, -ˈzī-\ adjective

Origin of aphrodisiac

Greek aphrodisiakos sexual, gem with aphrodisiac properties, from aphrodisia heterosexual pleasures, from neuter plural of aphrodisios of Aphrodite, from Aphroditē


First Known Use: 1711



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up aphrodisiac? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 14, 2016

to hug and kiss another person

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

100 pounds 196.5 pounds 16.96 pounds 2.2 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ