noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
literature or art dealing with sexual love.

1850–55; < Greek, neuter plural of erōtikós erotic Unabridged
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erotica (ɪˈrɒtɪkə)
pl n
explicitly sexual literature or art
[C19: from Greek erōtika, neuter plural of erōtikoserotic]

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Word Origin & History

1854, from Gk. neut. pl. of erotikos "amatory" (see erotic); originally a booksellers' catalogue heading.
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literary or artistic works having an erotic theme; especially, books treating of sexual love in a sensuous or voluptuous manner. The word erotica typically applies to works in which the sexual element is regarded as part of the larger aesthetic aspect. It is usually distinguished from pornography, which can also have literary merit but which is usually understood to have sexual arousal as its main purpose.

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