exotic

adjective
ex·​ot·​ic | \ ig-ˈzä-tik How to pronounce exotic (audio) \

Definition of exotic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : introduced from another country : not native to the place where found exotic plants
2 archaic : foreign, alien
3 : strikingly, excitingly, or mysteriously different or unusual exotic flavors
4 : of or relating to striptease exotic dancing

exotic

noun

Definition of exotic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one (such as a plant or animal) that is exotic

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Other Words from exotic

Adjective

exotically \ ig-​ˈzä-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce exotically (audio) \ adverb
exoticness \ ig-​ˈzä-​tik-​nəs How to pronounce exoticness (audio) \ noun

Examples of exotic in a Sentence

Adjective

She's known for her exotic tastes. the gradual disappearance of exotic lands in a culturally homogenized world

Noun

Some native species are being crowded out by exotics. the botanical garden boasts an array of horticultural exotics from around the world
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Enter: Troy’s latest seven-piece Rebar Capsule Collection—a place where hot pink, snake-like rebar legs hold up a modern coffee table; where a contemporary double-sided mirror is framed by neon green rebar and grounded by an exotic wood base. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Bold and Sculptural New Furniture Collection Inspired by the Basics," 26 Feb. 2019 Some advice involving cloud formations, animal behavior and plant growth are familiar, whereas others are more exotic. Karin Altenberg, WSJ, "What to Give: Nature Books," 15 Nov. 2018 Here are some other exotic phenomena that could leave anomalous trails in MoEDAL’s detection system. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 Sorbet flavors have gotten much more exotic, even at your corner grocery, so indulging in the newest flavors is like a mini vacation. Melanie Mannarino, Redbook, "4 Yummy New Dessert Ideas," 16 June 2010 Cesar Altieri Sayoc, a 56-year-old former exotic dancer and fervent Trump supporter, was charged in a 30-count indictment in New York. WSJ, "Immigration, Mueller Probe Boosted U.S. Tensions This Year," 18 Dec. 2018 Arkham Knight launched in a disastrous state on the PC, but subsequent patches fixed most of its issues on all but the most exotic computer configurations. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "The $12 Humble WB Games Classics Bundle brings the hits with Batman, Mad Max, and Mordor," 24 Oct. 2018 Remember in 2006, the Duke Lacrosse team haired a pair of exotic dancers for a party at a rental house near the Duke campus. Fox News, "Ingraham: The rush to judgment and injustice for Kavanaugh," 18 Sep. 2018 The event features rare and exotic species of plants provided by regional nurseries and is co-hosted by the Palm Society of Southern California and San Diego Botanic Garden. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Community Crusaders pick up trash in Vista," 24 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Unlike the Italian exotics whose curves ancient Roman sculptors would recognize as beautiful, the Senna is all lines, planes, and intersecting surfaces. Basem Wasef, WIRED, "McLaren's $958,966 Senna Hypercar Ain't Pretty, but It Can Whip a Track," 30 June 2018 Gaggles of exotics — Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Bentleys — regularly strut this pavement. Tom Voelk, New York Times, "Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Review: ‘Silence Is the New Power’," 6 June 2018 What's new is that automakers are using not exotics and luxury model, but relying on bread-and-butter pickup trucks to introduce new technologies such as GM's four-cylinder deactivation, dual-volute turbo, and Active Thermal Management. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Moving More With Less: Why Four-Cylinders Are Coming to Full-Size Trucks," 21 June 2018 Featuring hot rods, classics, exotics and bikes, the season opener was a great neighborhood-style show, giving numerous awards for the winners among the stellar selection of rides participating. Heidi Van Horne, Houston Chronicle, "1969 Chevy Camaro is a show-stopper in Marina del Rey," 2 June 2018 For those playing exotics, use No. 1 Bonmont and No. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Jon White’s top 10 Kentucky Derby horses before the San Felipe," 9 Mar. 2018 All of the other animals, most of them carnivorous exotics like tigers and lions and bears, were killed by police. Longreads, "Wild At Heart," 17 May 2018 Two of the exotics, ibex and oryx, trace back to Frank C. Hibben, an avid hunter and chairman of the New Mexico Game Commission in the late 1940s and ’50s who advocated importing big-game species to bolster the state’s hunting opportunities. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "Believe It or Not, You Can Safari in New Mexico," 16 Apr. 2018 The event will feature cars from the classics to the latest exotics. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Coffee & Cars reschedules for Saturday, April 14," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of exotic

Adjective

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for exotic

Adjective

Latin exoticus, from Greek exōtikos, from exō

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exotic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of exotic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: very different, strange, or unusual
of a plant or animal : not living or growing naturally in a particular area : from another part of the world

exotic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of exotic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a plant or animal that does not live or grow naturally in a particular area

exotic

adjective
ex·​ot·​ic | \ ig-ˈzä-tik How to pronounce exotic (audio) \

Kids Definition of exotic

1 : very different, strange, or unusual
2 : introduced from another country : not native exotic plants

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