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luscious

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adjective lus·cious \ˈlə-shəs\

Simple Definition of luscious

  • : having a very appealing taste or smell

  • : richly appealing

  • : very physically attractive

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of luscious

  1. 1 a :  having a delicious taste or smell :  sweet b archaic :  excessively sweet :  cloying

  2. 2 :  sexually attractive :  seductive, sexy

  3. 3 a :  richly luxurious or appealing to the senses b :  excessively ornate

lusciously

adverb

lusciousness

noun

Examples of luscious in a sentence

  1. chocolate cake with a luscious whipped cream topping

  2. <a luscious strawberry bursting with juice>



Did You Know?

Have you ever heard a young child say something is licius when he or she really means it's "delicious"? Back in the Middle Ages, the word licius was sometimes used as a shortened form of delicious by adults and kids alike. Linguists believe that luscious developed when licius was further altered by 15th-century speakers. Both words ultimately derive from the Latin verb delicere, meaning "to entice by charm or attraction." The adjective lush, which can sometimes mean "delicious" as well, is not a shortened form of luscious; it derived on its own from the Middle English lusch, meaning "soft or tender."

Origin and Etymology of luscious

Middle English lucius, perhaps alteration of licius, short for delicious


First Known Use: 15th century


LUSCIOUS Defined for Kids

luscious

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adjective lus·cious \ˈlə-shəs\

Definition of luscious for Students

  1. 1 :  having a delicious taste or smell <Children gathered around and stared longingly at the luscious fruit while the adults gulped with their mouths watering. — Grace Lin, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon>

  2. 2 :  delightful to hear, see, or feel <a luscious singing voice>





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