from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. From another part of the world; foreign: exotic tropical plants in a greenhouse. See Synonyms at foreign.
- adj. Intriguingly unusual or different; excitingly strange: "If something can be explained simply, in a familiar way, then it is best to avoid more exotic explanations” ( Chet Raymo). See Synonyms at fantastic.
- adj. Of or involving striptease: an exotic dancer.
- n. One that is exotic.
- n. A striptease performer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Foreign, with the connotation of excitingly foreign.
- adj. Non-native to the ecosystem.
- n. An organism that is exotic to an environment.
- n. An exotic dancer; a stripteaser.
- n. Any exotic particle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Introduced from a foreign country; not native; extraneous; foreign
- n. Anything of foreign origin; something not of native growth, as a plant, a word, a custom.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of foreign origin or character; introduced from a foreign country; not native, naturalized, or familiarized; extraneous: as, an exotic plant; an exotic term or word.
- n. Anything of foreign origin, as a plant, tree, word, practice, etc., introduced from a foreign country, and not fully acclimated, naturalized, or established in use.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. strikingly strange or unusual
- adj. being or from or characteristic of another place or part of the world
Latin exōticus, from Greek exōtikos, from exō, outside; see exo-.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin exoticus, from ἐξωτικός (eksotikos, "foreign"), literally "from the outside", from ἐξω- (ekso, "outside"), from ἐξ (eks, "out of"). (Wiktionary)