aphrodisiac

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

Definition of aphrodisiac 

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

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Other words from aphrodisiac

aphrodisiac or less commonly aphrodisiacal \ˌa-frə-di-ˈsī-ə-kəl, -ˈzī- \ adjective

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At the event, the star asked which of the chocolate bars were considered an aphrodisiac. Madison Roberts, PEOPLE.com, "John Stamos Jokes About the 'Dad Bod' He Has to 'Work On' Three Months Into Being a Father," 11 July 2018 Southern white rhinos are hunted for their horns, which some cultures believe are an aphrodisiac. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "They've been hunted to near-extinction. A birth at the NC Zoo brings special joy.," 5 July 2018 Jimmy did not seek fame, and his aphrodisiac was craftsmanship. Alex Hitz, Town & Country, "Remembering Jimmy: Designer James Galanos Was a Gentleman of the Old School," 1 Nov. 2016 Rhino horns are used in some Asian medicines and viewed as aphrodisiacs. Fox News, "Alleged wildlife smuggling kingpin jailed in Thailand," 11 May 2018 At night, the bridge is nearly an aphrodisiac, lit up and reflecting across the water — part City of Lights, part Bridge of Sighs. Colleen Creamer, New York Times, "36 Hours in Chattanooga," 24 May 2018 Rhino horns are used in some Asian medicines and viewed as aphrodisiacs. Fox News, "Alleged wildlife smuggling kingpin jailed in Thailand," 11 May 2018 Rhino horns are used in some Asian medicines and viewed as aphrodisiacs. Fox News, "Alleged wildlife smuggling kingpin jailed in Thailand," 11 May 2018 The resort’s spa offers the Damiana & Honeymoon 90-minute massage utilizing a damiana leaf scrub and damiana oil massage (damiana is a traditional Mexican herb celebrated for its known aphrodisiac qualities). Mark Rogers, USA TODAY, "Honeymoon guide: Six Los Cabos resorts for couples," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of aphrodisiac

1711, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aphrodisiac

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

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aphrodisiac

adjective
aph·ro·di·si·ac | \ ˌaf-rə-ˈdē-zē-ˌak , -ˈdiz-ē- \
variants: also aphrodisiacal \ˌaf-rəd-ə-ˈzī-ə-kəl, -ˈsī- \

Medical Definition of aphrodisiac 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: exciting sexual desire

aphrodisiac

noun

Medical Definition of aphrodisiac (Entry 2 of 2)

: an aphrodisiac agent

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