aph·​ro·​di·​si·​ac | \ ˌa-frə-ˈdē-zē-ˌak How to pronounce aphrodisiac (audio) , -ˈdi-zē- How to pronounce aphrodisiac (audio) \

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 How to pronounce aphrodisiacal (audio) , -​ˈzī-​ \ adjective

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The fungus-caterpillar husk combination is prized in traditional Tibetan and Chinese medicine as an immune booster, cancer treatment, and aphrodisiac. Jennifer Lu, National Geographic, "How a parasitic fungus turns ants into 'zombies'," 18 Apr. 2019 The play’s popularity is in part because of all the riotous confusion caused by fairies, love potions, aspiring actors, transformations into beasts, and aphrodisiac-crazed young lovers chasing each other in all the wrong combinations. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "It’s the summer of ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in SF Bay Area," 4 June 2019 Sagittarius Venus love to be entertained, so laughter will always be their number one aphrodisiac. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 2018 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

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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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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 \ ˌaf-​rəd-​ə-​ˈzī-​ə-​kəl How to pronounce aphrodisiacal (audio) , -​ˈsī-​ How to pronounce aphrodisiacal (audio) \

Medical Definition of aphrodisiac

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: exciting sexual desire



Medical Definition of aphrodisiac (Entry 2 of 2)

: an aphrodisiac agent

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