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

  • adj. Full of juice or sap; juicy.
  • adj. Botany Having thick, fleshy, water-storing leaves or stems.
  • adj. Highly interesting or enjoyable; delectable: a succulent bit of gossip.
  • n. Botany A succulent plant, such as a sedum or cactus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. juicy or lush
  • adj. interesting or delectable
  • adj. having fleshy leaves or other tissues that store water
  • n. a succulent plant (such as cactus)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of juice; juicy.
  • adj. plants (Bot.), plants which have soft and juicy leaves or stems, as the houseleek, the live forever, and the species of Mesembryanthemum.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of juice; specifically, in botany, juicy; thick and fleshy: noting plants that have the stems or leaves thick or fleshy and juicy, as in the houseleek and live-for-ever, the orders Cactaceæ, Crassulaceæ, etc.
  • Hence Figuratively, affording mental sustenance; not dry.

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

  • adj. full of juice
  • n. a plant adapted to arid conditions and characterized by fleshy water-storing tissues that act as water reservoirs


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

Latin succulentus, from succus, juice; see seuə-2 in Indo-European roots.



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    STANLEY. Is that a fact?

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