\ 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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Behind the view of an iron mask, an unknown woman’s cries are muffled; the fleshy explosions emanating from a mallet striking her metal visage fills our ears with the archaic scene. Robert Daniels, Los Angeles Times, "Review: The gothic terror and limited scares of ‘The Unholy’ bog down in tired tropes," 1 Apr. 2021 Each piece is composed of three panels and, as in much of his work, the central figures are grotesquely distorted: bodies compressed at their joints, expanded into fleshy puddles, coerced into jumbled parts. Sophie Madeline Dess, The Atlantic, "The Brilliance in Francis Bacon’s Early Failures," 25 Mar. 2021 Aloe vera is found in many different forms, typically with fleshy green leaves, though some varieties have an interesting texture, red bumps, or white speckles. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "How to Care for an Aloe Vera Plant So You Can Reap Its Benefits," 11 Mar. 2021 Our dexterous thumb and fingers, with their unique proportions and opposability, place the world at our pulpy fingertips—along with millions of microbes collected by our noteworthy nails and fleshy apical pads. Sabrina Sholts, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why This Pandemic Won’t Be the Last," 5 Mar. 2021 Young men seeking trophies with fleshy bottoms may have ignored these qualities, but Bulu’s parents, after years of observing Wonja, knew that their son could find no better wife. Imbolo Mbue, The New Yorker, "The Case for and Against Love Potions," 15 Mar. 2021 Luciano grabs a tomato from a ceramic bowl, holds it aloft and sinks his teeth into the fleshy pulp. Francesco Lastrucci, Smithsonian Magazine, "Inside Naples’ World-Famous Pizza Culture," 20 Feb. 2021 True bulbs are underground storage structures that have fleshy layers and a papery outer layer like an onion. Marty Ross, Better Homes & Gardens, "9 Miniature Flowering Bulbs That Add a Splash of Welcome Color in Early Spring," 20 Feb. 2021 Every five or six days, one of my six mushroom kits would disgorge a pile of fleshy appendages, always faster than seemed reasonable. New York Times, "The Mushrooms Will Survive Us," 7 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of fleshy

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

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“Fleshy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fleshy. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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