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exotic

adjective ex·ot·ic \ ig-ˈzä-tik \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of exotic

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

exotically

play \ig-ˈzä-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

exoticness

play \ig-ˈzä-tik-nəs\ noun

Examples of exotic in a Sentence

  1. She's known for her exotic tastes.

  2. the gradual disappearance of exotic lands in a culturally homogenized world

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Origin and Etymology of exotic

Latin exoticus, from Greek exōtikos, from exō


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exotic

noun

Definition of exotic

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

Examples of exotic in a Sentence

  1. Some native species are being crowded out by exotics.

  2. the botanical garden boasts an array of horticultural exotics from around the world

Recent Examples of exotic from the Web

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First Known Use of exotic

1645


EXOTIC Defined for English Language Learners

exotic

adjective

Definition of exotic for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of exotic for English Language Learners

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


EXOTIC Defined for Kids

exotic

adjective ex·ot·ic \ ig-ˈzä-tik \

Definition of exotic for Students

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


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