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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web It is often used as an aphrodisiac and is frequently combined with other natural herbs. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 15 Jan. 2023 And its scent has been shown to work as an aphrodisiac on rats. Elizabeth Siegel, Allure, 8 Dec. 2022 Several Mediterranean cultures have used it as an aphrodisiac. Dallas News, 12 Aug. 2022 Looking for the top 15 aphrodisiac gummies in 2023? Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 25 Dec. 2022 Love Euphoric focuses on this idea of euphoric, blissful, optimistic love that comes with a first crush, built around a bouquet of aphrodisiac florals: ylang-ylang, jasmine, and rose absolute. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Dec. 2022 Grab a few bars of different flavors or varieties and test out whether chocolate really is an aphrodisiac. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 13 Dec. 2022 According to the brand Santa Maria Novella, vanilla was actually thought of as an aphrodisiac in ancient times. Jamie Wilson, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 Nov. 2022 Although there's no hard science to back it up, locals claim the onions have a wide range of health benefits from combating old age, to acting as an aphrodisiac. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 8 Oct. 2022 See More

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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 9 Feb. 2023.

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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