exotic

adjective
ex·​ot·​ic | \ ig-ˈzä-tik \

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 \ adverb
exoticness \ ig-​ˈzä-​tik-​nəs \ 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

Among exotic, tropical vegetation along the Caribbean coast, the region is sprinkled with small fishing villages where indigenous villagers live in clapboard houses. Moises Castillo, The Seattle Times, "AP PHOTOS: Lobster divers risk injury, death in Honduras," 26 Dec. 2018 Although most togas appeared to be bed sheets in a variety of colors and patterns, some attendees found more exotic materials to repurpose in their costume collections. Dinah L. Rogers Photography, NOLA.com, "Greek Festival offers food and fun on New Orleans' Bayou St. John," 28 May 2018 In Maine, my background — half white, half Korean — was constantly made to seem alien, or exotic, or somehow inhuman. BostonGlobe.com, "How to write wonderful essays," 20 Apr. 2018 What was once a rarity and seemed exotic now just makes sense: the warm, vinegar-flavored rice brings the cold, case-chilled fish to just the right eating temperature. Krista Simmons, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Sushi Restaurants in Los Angeles," 27 Feb. 2018 Generations of explorers promoting heroic tales of often fatal expeditions, helped along by photographers reveling in the exotic, depicted an inhospitable landscape filled with savages. Austin Merrill, WSJ, "The Amazon: The Heart of the World," 3 Dec. 2018 The movie is one of a kind — an exotic pageant executed with grace, gravity and a breathtaking modesty of means. New York Times, "In ‘The Color of Pomegranates,’ the Cinema of the Cryptic," 24 May 2018 In fact, there was a prank last year at a nice restaurant in Newport Coast where a popular automotive video blogger and his colleague drove up to the restaurant in an exotic, custom Lamborghini. David Hansen, latimes.com, "In search of the female parking valet," 2 May 2018 The more exotic and spectacular the feathers, the greater the kudos, and the more money to be made from selling them. National Geographic, "How an Obsession With Rare Bird Feathers Turned Criminal," 23 Apr. 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 \

Kids Definition of exotic

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

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