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 aphrodisiac (audio) , -​ˈzī-​ \ adjective

Examples of aphrodisiac in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Or, in Vulture terms, sonic aphrodisiac or Advil-reaching garbage? Devon Ivie, Vulture, 12 July 2021 Probably not the only time Terry Bradshaw has acted as an aphrodisiac. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 26 May 2021 The divers claim that those who ate the echinoderms were startled by the aphrodisiac effect—and fisherfolk never exaggerate. The Economist, 17 Apr. 2021 This actual emotional honesty proves to be an aphrodisiac for Marie-Andrée, because the two rip each other's clothes off and bang. Jean Bentley, refinery29.com, 6 Apr. 2021 Believed by the ancient Aztecs to be a powerful aphrodisiac, cacao and chocolate remain synonymous with romance. Popular Science, 4 Mar. 2021 It was later banned under Rafael Trujillo’s oppressive regime in the mid-1900s when the dictator discovered it was being used as an aphrodisiac. Carlos Matias, Bon Appétit, 26 Feb. 2021 The rendered fat of dead animals may seem like an unlikely aphrodisiac, but the scent adheres to a certain erotic memory for Dorothy Daniels, the narrator of Chelsea G. Summers’s new novel, A Certain Hunger. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, 18 Nov. 2020 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, 6 Oct. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aphrodisiac. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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 aphrodisiac (audio) , -​ˈsī-​ How to pronounce aphrodisiac (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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