lux·​u·​ri·​ant | \ (ˌ)ləg-ˈzhu̇r-ē-ənt How to pronounce luxuriant (audio) , (ˌ)lək-ˈshu̇r- \

Definition of luxuriant

1a : yielding abundantly : fertile, fruitful
b : characterized by abundant growth : lush luxuriant vegetation
2 : abundantly and often extravagantly rich and varied : prolific
3 : characterized by luxury : luxurious a luxuriant fabric

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luxuriantly adverb

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profuse, lavish, prodigal, luxuriant, lush, exuberant mean giving or given out in great abundance. profuse implies pouring forth without restraint. profuse apologies lavish suggests an unstinted or unmeasured profusion. a lavish party prodigal implies reckless or wasteful lavishness threatening to lead to early exhaustion of resources. prodigal spending luxuriant suggests a rich and splendid abundance. a luxuriant beard lush suggests rich, soft luxuriance. a lush green lawn exuberant implies marked vitality or vigor in what produces abundantly. an exuberant imagination

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an older man who still has a luxuriant head of hair a luxuriant coat of fur
Recent Examples on the Web Earlier this month, the royals released their Christmas card, showing Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla of Cornwall sitting cozy on a bench in his luxuriant garden. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Prince Charles joins Hollywood royalty for cheery reading: ''Twas the night before Christmas'," 25 Dec. 2020 The Prince of Wales' Christmas card, showing Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla of Cornwall sitting cozy on a bench in his luxuriant garden, also came out earlier. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Harry & Meghan release picture with red-haired Archie and their dogs in 2020 Christmas card," 23 Dec. 2020 Its 4½ acres are covered with mature trees, gardens and a luxuriant landscape. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Grosse Pointe Shores estate of late Ralph Wilson Jr. listed at $9.5M for a reason," 26 Sep. 2020 If enough water had been left to maintain riverbanks of cottonwood and willow, with habitat for tanagers, otters and herons, the Salt River might have made a luxuriant focus for a romantic city of canals. Longreads, "The Ancient Waterways of Phoenix, Arizona," 10 Aug. 2020 The luxuriant valley of the Shire River is marshy and abounding in lagoons, in which grow great quantities of the lotus plant. Scientific American, "Elephants Appear as Far as the Eye Can See," 20 Apr. 2020 One of the great elegies in Broadway history, this portrait of a reunion of performers from a Ziegfeld-style revue was a luxuriant farewell to a vanishing era of show business and to the American illusion of a happily-ever-after existence. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Now You Know: A Critic’s Guide to Sondheim," 12 Mar. 2020 Her top register here, and elsewhere, was a pleasure to encounter, her high notes unforced and luxuriant. Howard Reich,, "Lyric Opera review: Music director designate Enrique Mazzola presents a high-stakes ‘Luisa Miller’," 13 Oct. 2019 The core cast, mostly feminine-presenting West Hollywood residents, seemed to possess effortlessly luxuriant tresses, their varying colors and styles as much a testament to the women’s affluence as to their characters’ sensibilities. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "One Way the New L Word Is Deeply Modern," 15 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of luxuriant

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of luxuriant was circa 1540

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“Luxuriant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of luxuriant

: having heavy and thick growth
: having an appealingly rich quality


lux·​u·​ri·​ant | \ ˌləg-ˈzhu̇r-ē-ənt How to pronounce luxuriant (audio) , ˌlək-ˈshu̇r- \

Kids Definition of luxuriant

1 : having heavy and thick growth a luxuriant forest
2 : luxurious sense 1 a luxuriant restaurant

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