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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 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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