Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Arousing or intensifying sexual desire.
  • n. Something, such as a drug or food, having such an effect.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Arousing or intensifying sexual desire
  • n. A food or drug having such an effect

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Exciting venereal desire; stimulating the desire for sexual gratification.
  • n. That which (as a drug, or some kinds of food) stimulate sexual desire.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. exciting sexual desire
  • n. a drug or other agent that stimulates sexual desire

Etymologies

Greek aphrodīsiakos, from aphrodīsiā, sexual pleasures, from Aphrodītē, Aphrodite.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἀφροδισιακός (aphrodisiakos, "venereal"), from Άφροδίσιος (Aphrodisios, "pertaining to Aphrodite"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Hmm ... well, you know how much cold-blooded murder turns on good Christian chicks, man ... it's like a frickin 'aphrodisiac to' em.

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • 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.

    New York City Issues Firm Warning Over Fatal Toad-Venom Aphrodisiac - The Consumerist

  • 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.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • For starters, the word aphrodisiac comes from Aphrodite, the goddess of love (and Venus 'Greek counterpart).

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  • "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.

    Traffic - WCBSTV.com

  • Primarily, revolt, seduction, mischief: then a beautiful girl (or boy), and lastly a certain aphrodisiac perfume extracted from mimosa-flowers (Pilgrimage i.,

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • 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.

    Chapter 19

  • Rebranded in an attempt to lose their 'aphrodisiac' image.

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  • "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.

    FDA considers endorsement of drug that some call a Viagra for women

  • On the other hand, they might be some kind of aphrodisiac like the mandrake plant.

    You Say Tomato, I Say 'Love Apple'

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  • I don't blame the Aztecs for being prudent. Apparently, the word avocado comes from two words, one meaning lawyer and the other meaning testicle -- no virgin should be subjected to such an unholy combination!

    May 7, 2008

  • Anything at all to do with chained_pears?

    May 7, 2008

  • In the Aztec culture, avocados were considered so sexually powerful, virgins were restricted from contact with them.

    May 7, 2008