\ ˈfle-shē How to pronounce fleshy (audio) \
fleshier; fleshiest

Definition of fleshy

1a : marked by, consisting of, or resembling flesh
b : marked by abundant flesh especially : corpulent
2a : succulent, pulpy the fleshy texture of a melon
b : not thin, dry, or membranous fleshy fungi

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Other Words from fleshy

fleshiness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for fleshy


juicy, pulpy, succulent


juiceless, sapless

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Examples of fleshy in a Sentence

the fleshy part of the thigh the fleshy texture of the melon a plant with fleshy leaves
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Steamed Virginia bass, marinated lightly in soy, is pleasantly fleshy and moist. Patricia Escárcega, latimes.com, "Spago at middle age: Is Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant still relevant?," 27 June 2019 That seems to be the chief complaint about Renoir these days: that his works are too saccharine, too generically whimsical, the nudes too fleshy and unable or unwilling to express anything other than their own sensuality. Dan Singer, Dallas News, "Hatred for Renoir's art is reaching all-time levels. Is it really justified?," 28 June 2019 Sometimes, a pinguecula may end up as a pterygium, which is a growth of fleshy tissue that can stay manageable or grow large enough to affect your vision. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Protect your eyes for life with healthy diet, sun shielding," 24 June 2019 Preachers began to tell anecdotes about deceitful Jewish misers who consorted with the devil; artists began to visualize such tales in grotesque and frightening detail, endowing their Jewish villains with distinctively fleshy and bestial features. Sara Lipton, The New York Review of Books, "A Terribly Durable Myth," 17 June 2019 In the mountainous forests of New Guinea, scientists have described a new kind of tree frog whose males sport a single, fleshy spike on their nose. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "New Pinocchio frog species has a strange, pointy nose," 7 June 2019 The genus sedum encompasses mostly fleshy, succulent plants, now in vogue seemingly everywhere. Colleen Smith, The Denver Post, "The perfect plant that’s easy enough for beginner gardeners but also interesting enough for experts," 17 June 2019 Sea lions will bodysurf in ocean waves and sometimes link into huge, fleshy rafts to drift. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 Pythonaster atlantidis Usually found on rocky walls at 4,921- to 13,123-feet depth, according to NOAA, pythonaster atlantidis feature a skeleton covered by large fleshy bags, with spines and ridges present across the surface. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Rare sea life, including possibly new species discovered by NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of fleshy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of fleshy

: having a large amount of flesh
: soft and thick


\ ˈfle-shē How to pronounce fleshy (audio) \
fleshier; fleshiest

Kids Definition of fleshy

1 : like or consisting of flesh a fleshy snout
2 : fat entry 1 sense 1 The shovel felt heavy in Stanley's soft, fleshy hands.— Louis Sachar, Holes


\ ˈflesh-ē How to pronounce fleshy (audio) \
fleshier; fleshiest

Medical Definition of fleshy

: marked by abundant flesh especially : corpulent

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