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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 of luxuriant
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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  • They would see how such a region can be made quite picturesque, as well as luxuriantly productive.

  • It was a large, square room, solidly but not luxuriantly furnished.

    The Last Woman Ross Beeckman
  • This region produces Wheat most luxuriantly, and I presume has done so from time immemorial.

    What I know of farming: Horace Greeley
  • It will spring up among us, then, as luxuriantly as the wild honeysuckle.

  • This hanging moss grows on nearly all the trees, but on none so luxuriantly as on the live-oak.

  • He had furnished a large studio as a sitting-room, not luxuriantly but pleasantly.

    The Trespasser, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • The flowers grow so luxuriantly, that mans hand cannot keep them in bounds.

    Three Months Abroad Anna Vivanti
  • They grow as luxuriantly beside the cabin of the pioneer as against the palace of the millionaire.

    Arbor Day Leaves N.H. Egleston
  • Around the two principal sides of the house ran a wooden veranda, which in summer was luxuriantly hung with roses.

    The Swan and Her Crew George Christopher Davies
British Dictionary definitions for luxuriantly

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 luxuriantly

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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