1 [luhsh]
adjective, lusher, lushest.
(of vegetation, plants, grasses, etc.) luxuriant; succulent; tender and juicy.
characterized by luxuriant vegetation: a lush valley.
characterized by luxuriousness, opulence, etc.: the lush surroundings of his home.

1400–50; late Middle English lusch slack; akin to Old English lysu bad, lēas lax, Middle Low German lasch slack, Old Norse lǫskr weak, Gothic lasiws weak

lushly, adverb
lushness, noun

1. luxurious, fresh.

1. withered, stale. Unabridged
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lush1 (lʌʃ)
1.  (of vegetation) abounding in lavish growth
2.  (esp of fruits) succulent and fleshy
3.  luxurious, elaborate, or opulent
[C15: probably from Old French lasche lax, lazy, from Latin laxus loose; perhaps related to Old English lǣc, Old Norse lakr weak, German lasch loose]

lush2 (lʌʃ)
1.  a heavy drinker, esp an alcoholic
2.  alcoholic drink
3.  (US), (Canadian) to drink (alcohol) to excess
[C19: origin unknown]

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Word Origin & History

1440, "lax, flaccid, soft, tender," from O.Fr. lasche "soft, succulent," from laschier "loosen," from L.L. laxicare "become shaky," related to L. laxare "loosen," from laxus "loose" (see lax). Sense of "luxuriant in growth" is first attested 1610; erroneously applied to colors since 1744.

1890, "drunkard," from earlier (1790) slang meaning "liquor" (in phrase lush ken "alehouse"); perhaps a humorous use of lush (adj.) or from Romany or Shelta (tinkers' jargon).
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Example sentences
Lushly photographed in a way that both enhances and obscures, it tells of this
  fortress that refuses to stay up.
Color has seldom been more lushly or unmistakably used.
His studio is one of two elegant rectilinear buildings-the other is his
  house-in a large, walled, lushly gardened compound.
The walkways are lushly landscaped and dotted with quiet sitting areas,
  waterfalls, sculptures and outdoor pools.
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