succulent

1 of 2

adjective

suc·​cu·​lent ˈsə-kyə-lənt How to pronounce succulent (audio)
1
a
: 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
succulently adverb

succulent

2 of 2

noun

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

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
For a true Texas barbecue experience, stir in 1 cup of beef drippings to this sauce just before serving—this will really amp up that rich, smoky, succulent flavor. Robert F. Moss, Southern Living, 25 Mar. 2024 There are a few roasts, and succulent racks, as well. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, 21 Mar. 2024 The result was a succulent, perfectly steamed piece of fish. Lucas Sin, Bon Appétit, 20 Mar. 2024 The 771-piece set includes nine succulent plants inspired by real-life varieties, including cactuses and flowers, for a stunning mix of colors and textures. Mia Huelsbeck, Peoplemag, 21 Mar. 2024 The Reichardt family has devoted the last 30 years to perfecting a line of ducks famed for succulent pink meat and well suited to the slower, less stressful husbandry of a small Petaluma farm. Lisa M. Krieger, The Mercury News, 1 Jan. 2024 For Arizona, the unusual image depicted a slice of pie in which pieces of green cactus, still with the spines, were encased in a green custard like substance and a fully intact succulent garnish. The Arizona Republic, 12 Mar. 2024 After maturing and dying, the remains the succulent plant break off at the root and are blown away by wind. Anthony Robledo, USA TODAY, 5 Mar. 2024 To create, simply add faux snow to your succulent terrarium and pop in a pom-pom snowman. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Nov. 2023
Noun
It’s taken a decade, but Raul Rojas and Thomas Zamora have turned a Highland Park yard of hard dirt and junked cars into a lush expanse of native plants, succulents and vegetables. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2024 The Desert Dome is divided geographically to house the palms, ferns, succulents, trees and cacti that are found in deserts in Madagascar, other parts of Africa, the Canary Islands, South America and North America. Amy Schwabe, Journal Sentinel, 23 Jan. 2024 Potting mixes geared for cacti and succulents, or anything using ingredients that maintain good drainage, are helpful to avoid overwatering. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 4 Jan. 2024 The sidewalks are dotted by planters filled with blooming succulents. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2024 Keep an eye out for more blooming succulents like the yucca, cholla cactus, hedgehog cactus, beavertail cactus, and Mojave mound cactus. Joe Yogerst, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 Visit the local garden shop and research annuals, roses and flowering succulents with hints of the color. Cameron Sullivan, The Mercury News, 8 Feb. 2024 Small succulents are often just a few dollars at a supermarket; try clustering two or three on a dining table. Jaime Stathis, Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2024 But on Friday morning, Parker and her staff were surrounding a mini football with grass and succulents. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 10 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

First Known Use

Adjective

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of succulent was in 1601

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Cite this Entry

“Succulent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/succulent. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

succulent

1 of 2 adjective
suc·​cu·​lent ˈsək-yə-lənt How to pronounce succulent (audio)
1
a
: full of juice : juicy
succulent cherries
b
: moist and tasty
a succulent meal
c
: having fleshy tissues that conserve moisture
succulent plants
2
: rich in interest
a succulent book
succulently adverb

succulent

2 of 2 noun
: a succulent plant (as a cactus or an aloe)

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