American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Arousing or intensifying sexual desire.
- n. Something, such as a drug or food, having such an effect.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Exciting venereal desire; increasing the appetite for sexual pleasures; hence, erotic; sensual.
- n. Any drug or preparation which excites sexual desire.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Exciting venereal desire; stimulating the desire for sexual gratification.
- n. That which (as a drug, or some kinds of food) stimulate sexual desire.
- adj. exciting sexual desire
- n. a drug or other agent that stimulates sexual desire
- From Ancient Greek ἀφροδισιακός (aphrodisiakos, "venereal"), from Άφροδίσιος (Aphrodisios, "pertaining to Aphrodite"). (Wiktionary)
- Greek aphrodīsiakos, from aphrodīsiā, sexual pleasures, from Aphrodītē, Aphrodite. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Hmm ... well, you know how much cold-blooded murder turns on good Christian chicks, man ... it's like a frickin 'aphrodisiac to' em.”
“It isn't clear how available the aphrodisiac is elsewhere in the U.S., although some similar products have been seized from suspected drug traffickers in other East Coast cities, authorities said.”
“The Egyptians especially delight in aphrodisiac literature treating, as the Turks say, de la partie au-dessous de la taille; and from fifteen hundred to two thousand copies of a new work, usually lithographed in cheap form, readily sell off.”
“For starters, the word aphrodisiac comes from Aphrodite, the goddess of love (and Venus 'Greek counterpart).”
“Aphrodite, who is the Greek goddess of love -- that's where the word aphrodisiac comes from, rose from the sea on an oyster," registered dietician Lauren Slayton said.”
“Primarily, revolt, seduction, mischief: then a beautiful girl (or boy), and lastly a certain aphrodisiac perfume extracted from mimosa-flowers (Pilgrimage i.,”
“Addiction to durians (Durio zibethinus Murray) may be due to these compounds, and the so-called aphrodisiac effect is, I suspect, via a mild irritant action on vascular and mucous tissue.”
“Rebranded in an attempt to lose their 'aphrodisiac' image.”
“This isn't some kind of aphrodisiac that we can put in the water and have suddenly sexually interested women in our population," Sand said.”
“On the other hand, they might be some kind of aphrodisiac like the mandrake plant.”
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