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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 One-third of the world's succulent species are found there, and every spring, the ground erupts in color as wildflowers bloom. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Bushfire heroes, a double twin story and an entertaining cuttlefish," 11 Jan. 2020 The one thing to get you in the spirit: Book a table at Restaurant Vita for some andesteg, a traditional Danish holiday dish of crispy, succulent roast duck served with potatoes and cabbage. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "25 Best Places to Spend Christmas: The World's Most Festive Cities," 6 Dec. 2019 Doodle craters try metal-punching, spin art and creating a succulent garden out of felt. Mandy Behbehani,, "The fastest growing market for subscription boxes? Kids," 13 Dec. 2019 Surprisingly, by summer, that period of succulent maximalism that gives and gives and gives, the year’s two best songs were already claimed. Jason Parham, Wired, "The 7 Best Albums of 2019," 27 Dec. 2019 In any case, indoor succulent garden containers come in all shapes and sizes. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "What to gift a gardener? Funny you should ask.," 6 Dec. 2019 But the succulent prime rib, at a carving station as part of the buffet, was worth the price of admission alone., "North Andover’s China Blossom continues to flower - The Boston Globe," 26 Sep. 2019 Some of the most succulent fruits imaginable are at their peak right now. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Lighten up your summer dessert with seasonal stone fruit," 17 July 2019 Menu musts The succulent pots — that was a joke dessert that ended up staying. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Childhood of cakes, cookies from scratch led her to her own bakery," 27 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Any plant with fleshy stems or leaves is called a succulent. Washington Post, "Low-maintenance succulents make watering a breeze," 14 Jan. 2020 Philodendrons, pothos, and monstera have aerial roots, as do succulents. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Five Easy Tricks to Extend Your Plant Collection for Free," 13 Jan. 2020 Of all the strange and Instagram-friendly plants that have become popular in the past several years, from hardy succulents to giant-leafed Monsteras, air plants may be the most alien-like. Crispin Long, The New Yorker, "The Alien Minimalism of Air Plants," 18 Dec. 2019 The star ingredients in Nature in a Jar, which is billed specifically to address fatigued, sensitive and dry skin, are extremophile desert plants (aka succulents), including agave, jojoba, cactus, and prickly pear oil. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "Philosophy Is Launching Nature in a Jar, a New Natural Skin-Care Line," 13 Dec. 2019 Another major topic of conversation in North America -- houseplants and succulents. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Facebook taps data to predict likely 2020 trends kimchi, milk baths and 'plant parents'," 12 Dec. 2019 This sun-loving succulent will want excellent drainage and protection from frost. Earl Nickel,, "Succulents make way for non-spiny but stellar plants," 29 Nov. 2019 The urban oasis is filled with pre-potted plants of all varieties, from large-leaf fiddle leaf figs to tiny succulents. al, "Where to shop in downtown Birmingham’s north district," 29 Nov. 2019 Plant any tree, shrub, perennial, vine or succulents native to California or to our sister climates of southwestern and western South Africa, Australia, the west coast of Chile and the Mediterranean coast. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "29 garden chores for October," 2 Oct. 2019

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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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16 Jan 2020

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“Succulent.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 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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