suc·​cu·​lent | \ ˈsə-kyə-lənt How to pronounce succulent (audio) \

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



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


succulently adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for succulent

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 This version of chicken mole features succulent, dark-meat chicken simmered in a rich, savory sauce of onions, tomatoes, chili powder and a touch of chocolate. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Chicken Mole," 9 Apr. 2021 The glistening, crispy skin gives way to succulent meat falling off the bone in a classic French dish that, when prepared the traditional way, can seem daunting to achieve at home. Washington Post, "You can make sublime duck confit without fancy techniques or expensive fat. Here’s how.," 23 Feb. 2021 When growing native plants in pots, be sure to use a soil designed for containers that drains well, such as succulent soil, and choose plants according to your available sun. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, "Your bird feeder is canceled. Attract birds with these 13 native plants instead," 15 Apr. 2021 The line-up features various hot and cold appetizers such as tabbouleh, ezme, falafel and shepherd salad as well as succulent kebabs and vegetarian entrees. Joanna O'leary, Chron, "Here's where to break your fast in Houston this Ramadan," 14 Apr. 2021 Maiale, a double-cut pork chop in a rich mushroom sauce was memorable, as was the succulent bistecca and the juicy roast chicken with lemon., "3 places we supported this week," 13 Apr. 2021 Let succulent cuts dry out and scab over for a day or two before planting. oregonlive, "Here’s how to propagate your own indoor plants," 8 Apr. 2021 There’s plenty of white and dark meat to enjoy, and the wings were succulent. cleveland, "Readers abuzz about Costco not included in Best Rotisserie Chicken rankings so we just had to sample the bird," 6 Apr. 2021 The meat is succulent, fatty and fortifying and almost melts into the crisp shell. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "This L.A. food trailer is making perfect, golden flautas," 28 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Also called spiral or corkscrew albuca because its leaves look like little green curlicues, this succulent resembles something out of a Dr. Seuss story book. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "This Unique Succulent Houseplant Has the Most Amazing Spiraled Leaves," 21 Apr. 2021 This will prevent your succulent from stretching further. Sierra Guardiola, Southern Living, "Why Is My Succulent Growing So Tall?," 16 Apr. 2021 Bloom3, at 104 W. Burlington Ave., will give a free succulent to shoppers, as long as its supply lasts. Kimberly Fornek,, "Gifts and discounts during La Grange Spring Shopping Stroll Saturday," 13 Apr. 2021 Also, check out Amazon’s best-selling outdoor cacti and succulent for sale as well as indoor succulents. oregonlive, "Long-living, easy succulents: Gifts for Easter and Mother’s Day," 31 Mar. 2021 Moss rose: available at AmazonAlso called portulacas, these are technically a succulent. Laura Duerr,, "Which flower seeds are best for spring?," 26 Mar. 2021 Delight your mom with a Thumbelina-sized succulent (between .75 to 1.25 inches) in a pretty ceramic planter. Popular Science, "The best mom gifts for Mother’s Day 2021," 8 Mar. 2021 Braising is a simple hands-off cooking method that works wonders with chicken, particularly thighs and legs, which yield succulent, tender meat. Christopher Kimball,, "Three recipes that take the guesswork out of braising chicken," 2 Feb. 2021 An indoor plant such as a succulent, outfitted in an appealing pot is a classic gift that is hard to go wrong. Shari Uyehara, NBC News, "10 affordable Valentine's Day gifts that are extra thoughtful," 1 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of succulent


1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for succulent


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

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2 May 2021

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“Succulent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of succulent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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

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


suc·​cu·​lent | \ ˈsə-kyə-lənt How to pronounce succulent (audio) \

Kids Definition of succulent

: juicy succulent fruits

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