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luxuriant

[luhg-zhoo r-ee-uh nt, luhk-shoo r-] /lʌgˈʒʊər i ənt, lʌkˈʃʊər-/
adjective
1.
abundant or lush in growth, as vegetation.
2.
producing abundantly, as soil; fertile; fruitful; productive:
to settle in luxuriant country.
3.
richly abundant, profuse, or superabundant.
4.
florid, as imagery or ornamentation; lacking in restraint.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin luxuriant- (stem of luxuriāns), present participle of luxuriāre to be rank or immoderate. See luxury, -ant
Related forms
luxuriantly, adverb
overluxuriant, adjective
overluxuriantly, adverb
unluxuriant, adjective
unluxuriantly, adverb
Can be confused
luxuriant, luxurious.
Synonyms
1. teeming. 2. fruitful, prolific. 3. copious.
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Examples for luxuriant
  • The rich loose porous leaf mold holds moisture and supplies abundant food for a luxuriant growth of plants.
  • It is simply a luxuriant and immoral climate where the rich give to the rich.
  • These beauties steal the show with their luxuriant blooms and foliage.
  • But a well-maintained cemetery can be lovely and luxuriant and it can be a source of family pride.
  • The beetle then emerges with a luxuriant coat of pollen, which it carries to other flowers.
  • See the home of a luxuriant array of mosses and lichens.
  • As a result of their work, rare native ferns and mosses are still luxuriant on the ground there.
  • From this vantage point, the luxuriant tapestry appears as thick as ancient rain-forest canopy.
  • Then it was topped with a white truffle sauce so that it would have an extra luxuriant flavor and texture to boot.
  • Within the high-ceilinged room were several vases of luxuriant flowers which a vagrant breeze would occasionally stir.
British Dictionary definitions for luxuriant

luxuriant

/lʌɡˈzjʊərɪənt/
adjective
1.
rich and abundant; lush
2.
very elaborate or ornate
3.
extremely productive or fertile
Derived Forms
luxuriance, noun
luxuriantly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin luxuriāns, present participle of luxuriāre to abound to excess
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Word Origin and History for luxuriant
adj.

1530s, from Middle French luxuriant and directly from Latin luxuriantem (nominative luxurians), present participle of luxuriare "have to excess, grow profusely" (see luxuriate). Related: Luxuriantly.

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