follow Dictionary.com

Today's Word of the Day means...

exotic

[ig-zot-ik] /ɪgˈzɒt ɪk/
adjective
1.
of foreign origin or character; not native; introduced from abroad, but not fully naturalized or acclimatized:
exotic foods; exotic plants.
2.
strikingly unusual or strange in effect or appearance:
an exotic hairstyle.
3.
of a uniquely new or experimental nature:
exotic weapons.
4.
of, pertaining to, or involving stripteasing:
the exotic clubs where strippers are featured.
noun
5.
something that is exotic:
The flower show included several tropical exotics with showy blooms.
6.
an exotic dancer; stripper.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin exōticus < Greek exōtikós foreign. See exo-, -tic
Related forms
exotically, adverb
exoticness, noun
nonexotic, adjective
nonexotically, adverb
unexotic, adjective
unexotically, adverb
Can be confused
erotic, erratic, exotic.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for exotic
  • Immigrant fish can also carry exotic diseases or can be aggressive predators that threaten native populations directly.
  • Abundance and diversity matter more than whether species are native or exotic.
  • Romans used such a method as early as the first century, when soldiers returned from exotic regions with taboo markings.
  • The author guides readers to exotic and not-so-exotic places.
  • The green spiny cactus contrasts with the exotic deep reds and oranges of the delicate bougainvillea.
  • Because cures for the exotic viruses are so rare, researchers are anxious to make progress.
  • What makes Arabian music sound so exotic is the infinite varieties of pitch which the oud can achieve.
  • Its vividly colored banks are known for their exotic fish.
  • Like a bounty of exotic fruit, Miami has something for every taste.
  • For a look at some exotic aquatic creatures, check out our slide show.
British Dictionary definitions for exotic

exotic

/ɪɡˈzɒtɪk/
adjective
1.
originating in a foreign country, esp one in the tropics; not native an exotic plant
2.
having a strange or bizarre allure, beauty, or quality
3.
(NZ) (of trees, esp pine trees) native to the northern hemisphere but cultivated in New Zealand an exotic forest
4.
of or relating to striptease
noun
5.
an exotic person or thing
Derived Forms
exotically, adverb
exoticism, noun
exoticness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin exōticus, from Greek exōtikos foreign, from exō outside
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for exotic
exotic
1590s, "belonging to another country," from L. exoticus, from Gk. exotikos "foreign," lit. "from the outside," from exo- "outside," from ex "out of." Sense of "unusual, strange" first recorded in English 1620s, from notion of "alien, outlandish." In reference to strip-teasers and dancing girls, it is first attested 1954, Amer.Eng.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for exotic

All English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for exotic

15
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with exotic