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

Evans Field, now part of the Cook County Forest Preserve, was once a rare game farm, where fancy pheasants and exotic birds were raised and little Ernie Hemingway poached, said Lipo. Felicia Dechter, chicagotribune.com, "Discover fascinating history on these local walking tours of Oak Park and River Forest," 19 July 2019 Aviaries and arboretums hold a collection of exotic birds and monkeys. Los Angeles Times, "These are the most expensive homes ever sold in Los Angeles," 19 July 2019 Baby sea turtles sprint across the beach, and the the forest echoes with the cacophony of exotic birds. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "Trouble in paradise, forgotten vets, remembering Tiananmen," 27 June 2019 Paden is one of Southern California’s hundreds of dedicated volunteers who commit their free time to helping some of the world’s most exotic species. Sharon Boorstin, latimes.com, "Want to get close to gibbons or pythons? Volunteer at one of these L.A. places," 4 July 2019 The Mustang Shelby GT500 will go from 0-to-60 in three seconds and is designed to rival Chevrolet’s top muscle car, the Camaro ZL1 1LE, as well as exotic European sports cars. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Ford Calls Mustang Shelby GT500 Its 'Most Powerful Street-Legal' Vehicle Ever," 19 June 2019 Peter Del Tredici, a retired senior research scientist at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum, said the concept of exotic invasive species didn’t emerge until 30 years ago, even though European settlers recorded escaped plants as early as 1672. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 2018 The snakes are so difficult to detect, and marshes so impenetrable, that even determining their numbers remains difficult, said Kristin Sommers, the state's exotic species coordinator. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Calling all hunters: Everglades National Park wants you to kill its Burmese pythons," 31 May 2018 The scorpion is now in the care of an establishment that specializes in exotic animal species. Tom Tracey, Fox News, "British tourist finds venomous scorpion stowing away in his luggage," 17 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The brewery website lists 15 brews available on tap, including exotics such as Jester, a Sour Golden Ale with mango and habanero. al.com, "Coastal beer boom: New breweries opening soon in Mobile," 7 July 2019 Helmus found that his new data did indeed follow what the model predicted; the islands with the fewest natives gained the most exotics. Quanta Magazine, "Lizard Stowaways Revise Principle of Ecology," 24 Sep. 2014 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

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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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