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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 Two of them feature fruit designs, a pineapple and a strawberry, that each have a succulent poking out of the top to mimic the look of aloe vera. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "Target Is Selling Summery Succulent Planters for Just $5," 13 May 2020 Lula’s Garden has a shop on Amazon and will ship a variety of succulent gift boxes for Mother’s Day. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "The 10 best places to order flowers online for Mother’s Day," 4 May 2020 Succulent Gift Box Etsy shop Salt Side brought back their best-selling holiday box to help spread a little cheer during these strange times, and succulent fans are grateful. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, "These Etsy Care Packages Are the Perfect Way to Show Your Loved Ones You’re Thinking of Them," 22 Apr. 2020 Who knew that mixing up the ingredients for a succulent loaf of bread could be done in a couple of minutes? Kyle Smith, National Review, "Covid Spring," 16 Apr. 2020 These will include making ceramic jewelry, constructing felt succulent wreaths and wood-burning charcuterie boards. cleveland, "BAYarts summer registration begins May 5; no deposits needed for summer schedule," 13 Apr. 2020 Typical vegetation consists mainly of succulent shrubs. Anna Fletcher, CNN, "This beautiful desert is blooming with wildlife found nowhere else on Earth," 10 Jan. 2020 Funny Bunny Help the funny bunnies reach the succulent carrot at the top of the hill. cleveland, "Fun and educational games, activities to save your sanity during coronavirus school break," 16 Mar. 2020 Garden Tour features watershed and regenerative gardens from Woodland Hills to the Hollywood Hills, highlighting hügelkultur, bioswales, rain gardens, organic soil building and edible, succulent and native plant gardens. Los Angeles Times, "Get inspired by gorgeous gardens at these 2020 spring garden tours," 11 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Courtesy of Crate and Barrel If your home doesn't get bright light, growing succulents indoors can be tricky. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "These Editor-Approved Fake Plants Look Just Like the Real Thing," 14 May 2020 In another, there’s greenery from deserts, including cacti, succulents, palm trees and agaves. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin botanical gardens and arboretums are a tropical escape in winter," 27 Dec. 2019 Rocks are a common grass replacement in desert cities, but those pebbles actually reflect light, baking your cacti and succulents on site. Popular Science, "Grass isn’t always greener—here’s what to plant instead," 23 Apr. 2019 Scaevolas spread as ground covers, plumbagos grow into blooming shrubs, and the sculptural succulents thrive in full sun. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, "This Easy-to-Make Arrangement is the Mother's Day Gift That Keeps on Growing," 17 Apr. 2020 But to really reap the wellness benefits of greenery indoors, a tiny succulent won't cut it. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "10 Ways to Transform Your Home Into a Spa Right Now," 17 Apr. 2020 String of Succulent Collection Kickstart Mom's houseplant collection with this fun trio of trailing succulents. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Deliver a Houseplant to Mom's Door for the Perfect Mother's Day Surprise," 15 Apr. 2020 And for those who can't plant a garden in their home, Wilson suggests planting a window box or getting an easy-to-grow indoor plant like a succulent. Elizabeth Elkind, CBS News, "How some Americans are finding solace in a period of self isolation and social distancing," 10 Apr. 2020 Desert Harvest sells gel from the medicinal succulent directly to consumers. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus: Aloe vera producers are being squeezed as people make DIY hand sanitizer," 8 Apr. 2020

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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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21 May 2020

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“Succulent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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