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[luhg-zhoo r-ee-uh nt, luhk-shoo r-] /lʌgˈʒʊər i ənt, lʌkˈʃʊər-/
abundant or lush in growth, as vegetation.
producing abundantly, as soil; fertile; fruitful; productive:
to settle in luxuriant country.
richly abundant, profuse, or superabundant.
florid, as imagery or ornamentation; lacking in restraint.
Origin of luxuriant
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.
1. teeming. 2. fruitful, prolific. 3. copious. Unabridged
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  • He had the frame of an athlete; his face, with its luxuriant red-beard, resembled that of a lion.

  • It is full of the finest grass, and its soil is rich and luxuriant.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • We were upon a platform abounding in springs of water and luxuriant neglected vegetation.

  • In colour, it was of a greenish-red and a very gentle yet luxuriant green.

    Recollections David Christie Murray
  • They squandered their strength in the wildest excesses, such sap and luxuriant power was there in young France.

  • The luxuriant mythology of the early Greeks was not unscientific.

  • The luxuriant wool caused it to re-bound again, to the infinite delight of the tormentors, who smiled horribly at it.

    The Ranger Edward S. Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for luxuriant


rich and abundant; lush
very elaborate or ornate
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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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