succulent

adjective
suc·cu·lent | \ ˈsə-kyə-lənt \

Definition of succulent 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : full of juice : juicy

b : moist and tasty : toothsome a succulent meal

c of a plant : having fleshy tissues that conserve moisture

2 : rich in interest

succulent

noun

Definition of succulent (Entry 2 of 2)

: a succulent plant (such as a cactus or an aloe)

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Other words from succulent

Adjective

succulently adverb

Examples of succulent in a Sentence

Adjective

vines weighted down with plump, succulent grapes a buffet table set with an array of succulent roasts

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Chicken strips turned out to be a little mushy beneath the coating, but an entree of succulent fried shrimp delivered a nice crunch and hearty flavor. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "David Cordish's new restaurant a good bet 24/7 at Live Hotel," 12 July 2018 Inside is a small suite of offices adorned with succulent plants and Mexican folk art, the neat food pantry, a supply of toiletries and toilet paper, and a clothing closet. Marcella Bombardieri, The Atlantic, "One College's Struggle to Get Poor Students Through School," 30 May 2018 Think succulent gardens in wooden troughs and olive trees in rustic metal pots. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Where to buy plants online," 8 May 2018 The brand relies on prickly pear — a succulent that’s said to have anti-inflammatory qualities — in all of its products, which is why Huxley devotees rave about the hydration benefits and general skin-soothing effects. The Editors, The Strategist, "Huxley (the Skin Care of Choice Among Korean Flight Attendants) Is 50 Percent Off," 27 June 2018 Buddha’s Temple’ This succulent has mesmerizing layers of leaves that look as if an origami artist folded them. Michelle Slatalla, WSJ, "Plant Swaps: The Cheap Way to Score Rare Houseplants," 7 June 2018 Once knotty ropes of sinew unwind and melt into succulent gelatin, the Liholiho team can peel away the tough outer membrane. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 Samsa — meat pies in bulging triangles of puff pastry and smaller rounds with a softer wrap of dough — arrive with the meat (lamb and beef, minced fine) still succulent, their fats half-liquid and running. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "At Cafe Dushanbe, a Chef Stays True to His Tajik Roots," 21 June 2018 When done right, lobster is tender, succulent and rich in taste. Phil Potempa, Post-Tribune, "From the Farm: Lobsters and chefs share decades of a love-hate relationship," 9 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Learn how to use hardy succulents to create a living wall hanging that is yours to take home. Corey Sheldon, OregonLive.com, "HG calendar June 9-17: school's out, get the kids involved in gardening," 8 June 2018 The Venice bus yard, which could shelter 100 people or more, is overlooked by beachy cottages and sleek condos adorned with surfboards and succulents. Emily Alpert Reyes, latimes.com, "L.A. lawmakers face opposition over homeless shelter plans," 18 June 2018 Most succulents are low-growing and look particularly at home in shallow dish planters. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "Container culture – these pots do lots | The Sacramento Bee," 11 May 2018 Having mobile plants would be perfect for people (like myself) who have homes full of succulents, but need to move them about so they don’t get burned during heatwaves. James Vincent, The Verge, "This sun-chasing robot looks after the plant on its head," 12 July 2018 Kenneth Setzer Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Cacti and succulents have been really popular for quite a while also. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "Houseplant advice for the millennial (or anyone) who doesn’t have a green thumb," 11 July 2018 Sixty species of succulents and cactuses were planted, reflecting a young reef. Martina Schimitschek, sandiegouniontribune.com, "At Scripps, a seascape landscape," 5 July 2018 Taxidermy, succulents and curious natural specimens. Natasha Bourlin, SFChronicle.com, "Increasingly hip Midtown Reno has a glow that’s not from neon," 29 June 2018 Cacti and succulents are dotted elsewhere throughout the home, as a frequent flyer needs plants that don’t require frequent watering. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "House Tour: The SF Bachelor Pad Of A Young Pilot Soars With Bold Colors," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of succulent

Adjective

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for succulent

Adjective

Latin suculentus, from sucus juice, sap; perhaps akin to Latin sugere to suck — more at suck

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succulent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of succulent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: full of juice

of plants : having thick, heavy leaves or stems that store water

succulent

noun

English Language Learners Definition of succulent (Entry 2 of 2)

: a plant that stores water in its leaves or stems : a succulent plant

succulent

adjective
suc·cu·lent | \ ˈsə-kyə-lənt \

Kids Definition of succulent

: juicy succulent fruits

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