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aphrodisiac

[af-ruh-dee-ze-ak, -diz-ee-ak]
adjective
1.
Also, aphrodisiacal [af-ruh-duh-zahy-uh-kuhl, -sahy-] . arousing sexual desire.
noun
2.
an aphrodisiac food, drug, potion, or other agent that arouses sexual desire.

Origin:
1710–20; < Greek aphrodīsiakós relating to love or desire, equivalent to aphrodī́si(os) of Aphrodite + -akos -ac

antiaphrodisiac, adjective, noun
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aphrodisiac (ˌæfrəˈdɪzɪæk)
 
n
1.  a drug, food, etc, that excites sexual desire
 
adj
2.  exciting or heightening sexual desire
 
[C18: from Greek aphrodisiakos, from aphrodisios belonging to Aphrodite]

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aphrodisiac
1719, from Gk. aphrodisiakos "inducing sexual desire," from aphrodisios, "pertaining to Aphrodite" (q.v.), Gk. goddess of love and beauty.
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aphrodisiac aph·ro·dis·i·ac (āf'rə-dĭz'ē-āk', -dē'zē-)
adj.
Arousing, increasing, or intensifying sexual desire. n.
An aphrodisiac drug or food.


aph'ro·di·si'a·cal (-dĭ-zī'ĭ-kəl) adj.
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aphrodisiac [(af-ruh-dee-zee-ak, af-ruh-diz-ee-ak)]

A substance or quality that excites sexual desire.

Note: Aphrodisiacs are named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love.
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