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[ih-rot-i-kuh] /ɪˈrɒt ɪ kə/
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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plural noun
explicitly sexual literature or art
Word Origin
C19: from Greek erōtika, neuter plural of erōtikoserotic
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1820, noun use of neuter plural of Greek erotikos "amatory" (see erotic); originally a booksellers' catalogue heading.

Force Flame
And with a Blonde push
Over your impotence
Flits Steam
[Emily Dickinson, #854, c.1864]

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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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