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lubricous

[loo-bri-kuh s] /ˈlu brɪ kəs/
adjective
1.
(of a surface, coating, etc.) having an oily smoothness; slippery.
2.
unstable; shifty; fleeting.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin lūbricus slippery, Late Latin: unstable
Can be confused
lubricious, lubricous.
Synonyms
2. unsteady, wavering, undependable.
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  • He then took a handful of oakum aud dipping it into the liquid grease in the bucket, made the baboon's tail thoroughly lubricous.
British Dictionary definitions for lubricous

lubricious

/luːˈbrɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
(formal or literary) lewd, lascivious
2.
(rare) oily or slippery
Derived Forms
lubriciously, lubricously, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin lūbricus
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Word Origin and History for lubricous
adj.

1530s, "lascivious," from Latin lubricus "slippery, smooth," from lubricus "slippery" (see lubricant (adj.)). Literal meaning "slippery, oily" is from 1650s in English; figurative sense of "shifty, elusive" is from 1640s. Also lubricious (1580s).

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