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[suhk-yuh-luh nt] /ˈsʌk yə lənt/
full of juice; juicy.
rich in desirable qualities.
affording mental nourishment.
(of a plant) having fleshy and juicy tissues.
a succulent plant, as a sedum or cactus.
Origin of succulent
1595-1605; < Late Latin sūculentus, equivalent to Latin sūc(us), succus juice + -ulentus -ulent
Related forms
succulence, succulency, noun
succulently, adverb
unsucculent, adjective
unsucculently, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for succulent
  • succulent shrimp, sweet mango, and creamy avocado makes a delicious meal in a bowl.
  • Fresh off the vine they are sweet and succulent-delicious.
  • Bowls of succulent andouille gumbo were set steaming on tables.
  • Caterers cut nova lox and place the pieces on trays in rolls, alongside flaky pastries, succulent beef and champagne.
  • However, cacti and succulent plants take these fluctuations in stride.
  • My once succulent buttocks now resemble a greasy, flatulent amoeba halfway through the process of mitosis.
  • Tiny flowers grow in tight clusters above succulent green leaves.
  • When the lobsters emerge six to eight minutes later, the succulent meat slips right out of the shell.
  • The stalks are from six to twelve inches thick, but almost as soft and succulent as celery.
  • In the understory, cacti are a dominant feature and are interspersed among other succulent and dry tolerant species.
British Dictionary definitions for succulent


abundant in juices; juicy
(of plants) having thick fleshy leaves or stems
(informal) stimulating interest, desire, etc
a plant that is able to exist in arid or salty conditions by using water stored in its fleshy tissues
Derived Forms
succulence, succulency, noun
succulently, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin succulentus, from sūcus juice
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Word Origin and History for succulent

c.1600, from French succulent, from Latin succulentus "having juice," from succus "juice, sap;" related to sugere "to suck," and cognate with Old English sucan "to suck" (see suck).

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succulent in Science
Any of various plants having fleshy leaves or stems that store water. Cacti and the jade plant are succulents. Succulents are usually adapted to drier environments and display other characteristics that reduce water loss, such as waxy coatings on leaves and stems, fewer stomata than occur on other plants, and stout, rounded stems that minimize surface area.
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