succulent

adjective
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

succulent

noun

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

Adjective

succulently adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for succulent

Synonyms: Adjective

fleshy, juicy, pulpy

Antonyms: Adjective

juiceless, sapless

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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

It was run by a voluble woman named Diami, who whipped up fortifying breakfasts of sweet black coffee, farm eggs and chunks of mango, the most succulent of the tropical fruits that grow like weeds on the fertile island. Tony Perrottet, New York Times, "A Cuban Island That Has Played Both Paradise and Prison," 2 Jan. 2018 Bone-dry and succulent, with aromas and flavors of citrus, flowers and minerals. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "American Rosés Without Clichés," 5 July 2018 Retailers have jumped on the succulent trend quickly, and buying them for your home has never been easier. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "PSA: Costco Is Selling Entire Succulent Gardens for $20," 13 Feb. 2019 The process should take about the same time required for the potatoes to become fully tender and succulent in their buttery braise. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Way You’ll Be Making Scrambled Eggs From Now On," 11 Jan. 2019 An easy-to-grow succulent for gardeners in the frost-free climes, aloe is perhaps best known as a salve for sore or sunburnt skin. Sunset, "Top 10 Medicinal Plants You Can Grow at Home," 22 Jan. 2018 The translation of petit chou is little cabbage, which sounds almost as cute as this mini-vase will look holding a succulent on your desk or windowsill. Olivia Hall, The Seattle Times, "5 locally made home finds to spruce up your fall décor," 10 Sep. 2018 With the aim of celebrating the very best of Malton’s produce, the delivery van was packed with autumnal delights ranging from succulent rib of beef, local pheasants, fresh lobster, juicy fruit and veg, Rarebird Gin, and the towns famous macarons. Vogue, "It-Brits Celebrate the Food of Malton With a Festive Dinner at Claridge’s," 15 Nov. 2018 Nitrogen-rich materials include succulent, green plant parts, such as tomato stalks, vegetable waste from the kitchen, and grass clippings, as well as manures. Lee Reich, The Seattle Times, "Fall is the perfect time to build a compost bin," 16 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On the patio, opt for arrangements of succulents and other desert-friendly flora to keep maintenance as easy as can be. Heather Corcoran, ELLE Decor, "How to Bring Old Hollywood Into Your Home," 19 Mar. 2019 Use wood mulch for ornamental plants, rock mulch for succulents, straw mulch for the vegetable garden. Nan Sterman, latimes.com, "What to do in your garden in July? Less is more," 6 July 2018 Use wood mulch for ornamental plants, rock mulch for succulents, straw mulch for the vegetable garden. Nan Sterman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "July in the garden," 5 July 2018 For succulents, wait until the soil is bone dry (and then some) to water again. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "5 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Succulents (And How To Grow 'Em Right)," 9 Feb. 2017 To view all of our stories on succulents—including the best ways to care for and creatively display them—go here. Michelle Profis, Country Living, "Take a Peek Inside the Cutest Little Succulent Store," 24 May 2017 Fans of the perfect orchid, or set-and-forget succulents or a bountiful edible garden can all find their bliss at the Southern California Spring Garden Show, taking place April 26 through April 29 at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Steve Carney, latimes.com, "Find your gardening bliss at the Southern California Spring Garden Show," 20 Apr. 2018 My journey started slow, a succulent here and there to make my college dorm feel more homey. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "I Can't Stop Buying Plants Even Though They Always Die," 9 Jan. 2019 Tiny versions of succulents may be adorable, but buying them in Costco's signature bulk style fashion is an entirely new addition to the plant game. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "PSA: Costco Is Selling Entire Succulent Gardens for $20," 13 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of succulent

Adjective

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for succulent

Adjective

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

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succulent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of succulent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

succulent

noun

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

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

succulent

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

Kids Definition of succulent

: juicy succulent fruits

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