adjective \ig-ˈzä-tik\

: very different, strange, or unusual

of a plant or animal : not living or growing naturally in a particular area : from another part of the world

Full Definition of EXOTIC

:  introduced from another country :  not native to the place where found <exotic plants>
archaic :  foreign, alien
:  strikingly, excitingly, or mysteriously different or unusual <exotic flavors>
:  of or relating to striptease <exotic dancing>
ex·ot·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
ex·ot·ic·ness \-tik-nəs\ noun

Examples of EXOTIC

  1. She's known for her exotic tastes.
  2. <the gradual disappearance of exotic lands in a culturally homogenized world>

Origin of EXOTIC

Latin exoticus, from Greek exōtikos, from exō
First Known Use: 1599



: a plant or animal that does not live or grow naturally in a particular area

Full Definition of EXOTIC

:  one (as a plant or animal) that is exotic

Examples of EXOTIC

  1. Some native species are being crowded out by exotics.
  2. <the botanical garden boasts an array of horticultural exotics from around the world>

First Known Use of EXOTIC



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