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)

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 And cooking directly over charcoal lends these succulent lamb chops big, finger-licking flavor. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 2 Aug. 2022 The salmon are smaller than king salmon, with firmer, succulent, characteristically deep red-orange flesh. New York Times, 18 July 2022 And in Cambridge, Tenoch — known for succulent tortas and tamales in Boston, Medford, Melrose, and Somerville — has a new outpost in Cambridge (10 Museum Way). Kara Baskin,, 13 July 2022 Evoking psychedelia by creating smells that don’t exist in nature, Monegal uses gardenia, peony, and Berlandiera lyrata, aka chocolate flower, to create a succulent imaginary bloom. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 7 July 2022 King salmon is the largest of the species and is known for its rich succulent flavor and meatier texture. Noma Nazish, Forbes, 26 June 2022 These succulent, saucy ribs more than rise to the challenge. Fox News, 6 June 2022 The Colonel should have been a great character, not a succulent trickster cartoon. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 25 May 2022 The organic lemon-thyme brick chicken looks the part, its exterior a succulent shade of golden brown, but the meat suffers from the same lack of seasoning that affected the Tom Hamburger. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 23 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Decorate your own flowerpot to house a cute succulent. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 15 July 2022 The aloe vera plant, a tropical succulent, has long been praised for its medicinal powers. Lisa Bain, Good Housekeeping, 5 July 2022 The rack has four slots for magazines, envelopes, and postcards as well as a bottom section for more decorative pieces like a succulent or candle. Sanah Faroke, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Mar. 2022 Behold the rare Goldman agaves, which are only found in Baja California’s coastal succulent scrub and central desert. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 May 2022 Anyone who appreciates a signature red lip will love our next red succulent suggestion. Lauren Smith Mcdonough, House Beautiful, 25 Apr. 2022 Potential customers outside the Southwest would likely be hard-pressed to name this giant green succulent. Douglas C. Towne, The Arizona Republic, 11 June 2022 Even a no-care dry plant or low-maintenance succulent can make a difference. Laura Jennings, Forbes, 6 June 2022 This succulent boasts glossy green leaves and bright red, yellow, pink, or orange flower clusters that last for weeks. Jada Jackson, House Beautiful, 29 May 2022 See More

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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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“Succulent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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: juicy succulent fruits

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