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Definition of luxuriant

1a : 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

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luxuriantly adverb

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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

Examples of luxuriant in a Sentence

an older man who still has a luxuriant head of hair a luxuriant coat of fur
Recent Examples on the Web For centuries, inland Southern California has been immersed in luxuriant spa waters. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2021 Leaves could be strongly toothed or prickly or scalloped or luxuriant. Marion Renault, The New Republic, 20 Dec. 2021 Illustrator Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini portrays him as a Renaissance youth with a bold jaw, curling hair, and graceful, luxuriant wings. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 26 Nov. 2021 The luxuriant simplicity of masterpieces by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (the Seagram Building, for example) has spawned a swarm of mini-Mies that has yet to dissipate. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 24 Nov. 2021 Light bathrooms come ornamented with handmade glass mosaics that throw back the light; luxuriant Acqua di Parma toiletries; and indulgent soaking tubs (some with jacuzzi jets). Nicole Trilivas, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 Here’s a quick sampling of the luxuriant new kids on the block. Jeffrey Steele, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 The opulent interiors will incorporate many of the brand’s signature touches, from its iconic diamond motif and luxuriant leather detailing to its use of sustainable materials. Kristin Tablang, House Beautiful, 17 Aug. 2021 The new plantings, drawn from a much more limited palette, will not be nearly as luxuriant. Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, 23 June 2021

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First Known Use of luxuriant

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of luxuriant was circa 1540

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“Luxuriant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of luxuriant

: having heavy and thick growth : lush
: having an appealingly rich quality


lux·​u·​ri·​ant | \ ˌləg-ˈzhu̇r-ē-ənt How to pronounce luxuriant (audio) , ˌlək-ˈshu̇r- \

Kids Definition of luxuriant

1 : having heavy and thick growth a luxuriant forest
2 : luxurious sense 1 a luxuriant restaurant

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