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

Examples of aphrodisiac in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pheasey was also aware that poachers would likely arrive that night or the next to swipe sea turtle eggs, which are rumored to have aphrodisiac qualities and are sold on the black market as food. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, "3-D Printed Sea Turtle Eggs Reveal Poaching Routes," 6 Oct. 2020 To be clear, mushrooms don’t cure Covid-19, but they are thought to provide a host of other benefits, from serving as an aphrodisiac to bolstering one’s defenses to toxins. New York Times, "Are Mushrooms the Future of Wellness?," 18 Sep. 2020 Most bats are protected in Thailand, but their fresh blood is treasured as an aphrodisiac. National Geographic, "On the hunt for the next deadly virus," 16 June 2020 The newspaper says sea turtle eggs often are stolen to be sold for consumption, while others believe they can be used as an aphrodisiac. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Florida men caught stealing 93 sea turtle eggs, report says," 28 May 2020 There are a number of romantic activities to enjoy in St. Lucia, including enjoying this sweet aphrodisiac. Kristin Braswell, USA TODAY, "Find the right Caribbean island, from luxurious St. Barths to budget-friendly Puerto Rico," 14 Jan. 2020 Turns out that power really is the ultimate aphrodisiac. New York Times, "The Week in Arts: ‘Madam Secretary’ Returns; a Master Takes On Macbeth," 4 Oct. 2019 The milky liquid that the seafood gives off during its bath is perhaps the most important component of leche de tigre, being the one that transforms it from a marinade into a beverage, and probably the source of its reputation as an aphrodisiac. Pete Wells, New York Times, "Life at Caleta 111 Revolves Around Limes and Tiger’s Milk," 18 Feb. 2020 That was a double aphrodisiac the socialist-leaning CTU could not deny itself. Kristen Mcqueary, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Trump’s Chicago visit proves too tantalizing for striking CTU to pass up. School was out anyway, right?," 28 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of aphrodisiac was in 1711

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11 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Aphrodisiac.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aphrodisiac. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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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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