from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Characterized by rich or profuse growth: synonym: profuse.
  • adjective Rich and elaborate, as in decoration.
  • adjective Extremely productive.
  • adjective Marked by or displaying luxury; luxurious.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Exuberant in growth; abundant: as, luxuriant foliage.
  • Exuberant in quantity; superfluous in abundance.
  • Supplied in great abundance; replete.
  • In botany, having the floral envelop so multiplied as to destroy the essential parts: said of a flower: opposed to mutilated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Exuberant in growth; rank; excessive; profuse; very abundant
  • adjective Producing luxuriant growth; very fertile; -- of soil.
  • adjective Having or producing an abundance of elaborate details; unrestrained; -- of imagery or ornamentation.
  • adjective (Bot.) one in which the floral envelopes are overdeveloped at the expense of the essential organs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Abundant in growth or detail.

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

  • adjective marked by complexity and richness of detail
  • adjective displaying luxury and furnishing gratification to the senses
  • adjective produced or growing in extreme abundance


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

[Latin luxuriāns, luxuriant-, present participle of luxuriāre, to be luxuriant; see luxuriate.]


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  • The kid shouts it in Empire of the Sun. A well chosen word!

    February 3, 2007