aph·​ro·​di·​si·​ac ˌa-frə-ˈdē-zē-ˌak How to pronounce aphrodisiac (audio) -ˈdi-zē- How to pronounce aphrodisiac (audio)
: an agent (such as a food or drug) that arouses or is held to arouse sexual desire
aphrodisiac adjective
or less commonly aphrodisiacal

Examples of aphrodisiac in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For many couples, this combination of control and public space is a strong aphrodisiac! Emma Lowrie, Miami Herald, 23 May 2024 Derived from the icariin compound found in the Epimedium plant, horny goat weed has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine as an aphrodisiac. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 24 Dec. 2023 Pros: Made from natural ingredients: Elm & Rye Male Libido is formulated with a blend of herbal extracts, vitamins, and minerals that are known for their aphrodisiac properties. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 7 Nov. 2023 This supplement contains natural ingredients such as Korean ginseng and maca root, which are known for their aphrodisiac properties. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 22 Oct. 2023 The menu includes appetizers, entrees and desserts all made with aphrodisiac ingredients to heat up your Valentine's Day. The Courier-Journal, 5 Feb. 2024 Jasmine While some cultures believe jasmine (jasminum) to be an aphrodisiac, there’s little scientific evidence to prove that’s true. Karen Hugg, Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2024 And the low-key aphrodisiac of roast chicken conveys something that a boneless breast cannot. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2024 Additionally, too much alcohol limits your ability to orgasm. 07 Alter your diet Figs, bananas, and avocados, are widely considered libido-boosting foods or aphrodisiacs. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 6 Feb. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1711, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aphrodisiac was in 1711

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Cite this Entry

“Aphrodisiac.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aphrodisiac. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
aph·​ro·​di·​si·​ac ˌaf-rə-ˈdē-zē-ˌak How to pronounce aphrodisiac (audio) -ˈdiz-ē- How to pronounce aphrodisiac (audio)
variants also aphrodisiacal
: exciting sexual desire


2 of 2 noun
: an aphrodisiac agent
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