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aphrodisiac

[af-ruh-dee-ze-ak, -diz-ee-ak] /ˌæf rəˈdi zɛˌæk, -ˈdɪz iˌæk/
adjective
1.
Also, aphrodisiacal
[af-ruh-duh-zahy-uh-kuh l, -sahy-] /ˌæf rə dəˈzaɪ ə kəl, -ˈsaɪ-/ (Show IPA)
. arousing sexual desire.
noun
2.
an aphrodisiac food, drug, potion, or other agent that arouses sexual desire.
Origin
1710-1720
1710-20; < Greek aphrodīsiakós relating to love or desire, equivalent to aphrodī́si(os) of Aphrodite + -akos -ac
Related forms
antiaphrodisiac, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for aphrodisiacal

aphrodisiac

/ˌæfrəˈdɪzɪæk/
noun
1.
a drug, food, etc, that excites sexual desire
adjective
2.
exciting or heightening sexual desire
Word Origin
C18: from Greek aphrodisiakos, from aphrodisios belonging to Aphrodite
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Word Origin and History for aphrodisiacal

aphrodisiac

n.

1719, from Greek aphrodisiakos "inducing sexual desire," from aphrodisios, "pertaining to Aphrodite; sexual pleasure; a temple of Aphrodite," Greek goddess of love and beauty. As an adjective from 1830 (earlier was aphrodisical, 1719)

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aphrodisiacal in Medicine

aphrodisiac aph·ro·dis·i·ac (āf'rə-dĭz'ē-āk', -dē'zē-)
adj.
Arousing, increasing, or intensifying sexual desire. n.
An aphrodisiac drug or food.


aph'ro·di·si'a·cal (-dĭ-zī'ĭ-kəl) adj.
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aphrodisiacal in Culture
aphrodisiac [(af-ruh-dee-zee-ak, af-ruh-diz-ee-ak)]

A substance or quality that excites sexual desire.

Note: Aphrodisiacs are named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love.
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