luxuriant

adjective

lux·​u·​ri·​ant (ˌ)ləg-ˈzhu̇r-ē-ənt How to pronounce luxuriant (audio)
(ˌ)lək-ˈshu̇r-
1
a
: yielding abundantly : fertile, fruitful
b
: characterized by abundant growth : lush
luxuriant vegetation
2
: abundantly and often extravagantly rich and varied : prolific
3
: characterized by luxury : luxurious
a luxuriant fabric
luxuriantly adverb
Choose the Right Synonym for luxuriant

profuse, lavish, prodigal, luxuriant, lush, exuberant mean giving or given out in great abundance.

profuse implies pouring forth without restraint.

profuse apologies

lavish suggests an unstinted or unmeasured profusion.

a lavish party

prodigal implies reckless or wasteful lavishness threatening to lead to early exhaustion of resources.

prodigal spending

luxuriant suggests a rich and splendid abundance.

a luxuriant beard

lush suggests rich, soft luxuriance.

a lush green lawn

exuberant implies marked vitality or vigor in what produces abundantly.

an exuberant imagination

Example Sentences

an older man who still has a luxuriant head of hair a luxuriant coat of fur
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of luxuriant was circa 1540

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Cite this Entry

“Luxuriant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/luxuriant. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

luxuriant

adjective

lux·​u·​ri·​ant (ˌ)ləg-ˈzhu̇r-ē-ənt How to pronounce luxuriant (audio)
(ˌ)lək-ˈshu̇r-
1
a
: producing large crops
luxuriant valleys
b
: characterized by heavy growth : lush
2
luxuriance
-ē-ən(t)s
noun
luxuriantly adverb

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