luxuriance

noun

lux·​u·​ri·​ance (ˌ)ləg-ˈzhu̇r-ē-ən(t)s How to pronounce luxuriance (audio)
(ˌ)lək-ˈshu̇r-
: the quality or state of being luxuriant

Examples of luxuriance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But then, what is art if not an attempt to tidy up the real world’s teeming luxuriance? Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 5 Dec. 2023 But the Elysian Bar did them one better, augmenting the oysters’ natural luxuriance with thin slices of kumquat and a measured gush of chile-spiked citrus. Ian McNulty, NOLA.com, 22 Dec. 2020 The comic luxuriance of Roman references should not blind us to the significance of these constant appeals to the Roman Republic and to classical virtue. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 24 Oct. 2022 Silken material ensured that this collection maintained a real sense of luxuriance throughout. Thomas Adamson, ajc, 2 Oct. 2021 But reaching Dante’s Heaven by following faithfully in his footsteps isn’t possible in English, which lacks the luxuriance of rhyme native to Italian. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 The first movement’s melodic luxuriance, the menuet’s delicacy and the finale’s theme-and-variations attested to the range of color and attack the CSO winds can conjure at the drop of a sixteenth note. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, 2 Oct. 2020 The rest of the album, though, doesn’t shy away from the Weeknd’s shimmery mid-80s luxuriance. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, 1 Apr. 2020 Though one wished Afkham had allowed the music to breathe a bit more, the CSO’s tonal luxuriance served the score well. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, 25 Oct. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1654, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of luxuriance was in 1654

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“Luxuriance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/luxuriance. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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