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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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  • The mamei bears a fruit about the size of an orange which is as succulent as the best melon.

    De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2) Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt
  • This prairie was entirely covered with a growth of succulent grass.

    The Hunters of the Ozark Edward S. Ellis
  • As I go bounding forward I imagine fat men, succulent men ahead, and I am filled with the desire to do them in neatly.

  • By the teeth of her very cats did she evolve her succulent clover.

    Old Familiar Faces Theodore Watts-Dunton
  • Such a turkey as it proved to be, so succulent, so toothsome, with such a flavor!

    Six Girls and Bob Marion Ames Taggart
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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