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 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 Some have enjoyed unimaginably luxuriant margins, says Sam Sakamura, vice-president of Hyatt Hotels in Japan. The Economist, "Room to grow Posh hotels are scarce in Japan—and increasingly lucrative," 12 Dec. 2019 Warmer temperatures are causing the Arctic to become greener, and the increasingly luxuriant plants are capturing extra carbon and storing some of it in the soil. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "‘There’s no scenario that stops sea level rise in this century,’ dire U.N. climate report warns," 25 Sep. 2019 The strongest looks were the fruit of simple, yet bold, designs ideas: Such as a luxuriant flappy copper skirt constructed by two large discs of material stitched at the sides. Thomas Adamson,, "Stella McCartney presents eco-manifesto at Paris Fashion Week show," 2 Oct. 2019 All the while, Mena and the orchestra provided aptly luxuriant accompaniment. Howard Reich,, "CSO review: Conductor Juanjo Mena summons power without noise," 24 Nov. 2019 Or opt for the renowned oxtail stew, luxuriant mac and cheese, and well seasoned greens. New York Times, "A Very Full Day at Snug Harbor on Staten Island (and Where to Eat and Drink Nearby)," 28 Aug. 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 30 Mar. 2020.

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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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