aphrodisiac

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj aphrodisiac exciting sexual desire
    • n aphrodisiac a drug or other agent that stimulates sexual desire
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mangos are valued for their reputation as an aphrodisiac in countries such as Guatemala and India
    • a Aphrodisiac Exciting venereal desire; stimulating the desire for sexual gratification.
    • n Aphrodisiac That which (as a drug, or some kinds of food) stimulate sexual desire.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Traditionally, wild cabbage was used as an aphrodisiac
    • aphrodisiac Exciting venereal desire; increasing the appetite for sexual pleasures; hence, erotic; sensual.
    • n aphrodisiac Any drug or preparation which excites sexual desire.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the Middle Ages, chicken soup was believed to be an aphrodisiac.
    • adj Aphrodisiac af-ro-diz′-i-ak exciting to sexual intercourse
    • n Aphrodisiac that which excites to sexual intercourse
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Quotations

  • Jean Baudrillard
    Jean%20Baudrillard
    “There is no aphrodisiac like innocence.”
  • Christopher Fry
    Christopher Fry
    “The moon is nothing but a circumambulating aphrodisiac divinely subsidized to provoke the world into a rising birth-rate.”
  • Henry Kissinger
    Henry%20Kissinger
    “Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.”
  • Woody Harrelson
    Woody Harrelson
    “Violence was almost an aphrodisiac for me.”
  • Saul Bellow
    Saul Bellow
    “All a writer has to do to get a woman is to say he's a writer. It's an aphrodisiac.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. pertaining to sensual love, fr. . See Aphrodite

Usage

In literature:

But her aphrodisiac character was certainly the one in which she most frequently appeared.
"History of Phoenicia" by George Rawlinson
ERINGO, candied root of the sea-holly, formerly used as a sweetmeat and aphrodisiac.
"Volpone; Or, The Fox" by Ben Jonson
ERINGO, candied root of the sea-holly, formerly used as a sweetmeat and aphrodisiac.
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
ERINGO, candied root of the sea-holly, formerly used as a sweetmeat and aphrodisiac.
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
ERINGO, candied root of the sea-holly, formerly used as a sweetmeat and aphrodisiac.
"Sejanus: His Fall" by Ben Jonson
ERINGO, candied root of the sea-holly, formerly used as a sweetmeat and aphrodisiac.
"Every Man In His Humor" by Ben Jonson
Thus onions are regarded as aphrodisiacal, and were so regarded by the Greeks, as we learn from Aristophanes.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
For I, too, wrote at first to amuse myself with aphrodisiac statements.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
Ishtar's aphrodisiac character, though it can scarcely be doubted, does not appear very clearly in the inscriptions.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 1. (of 7): Chaldaea" by George Rawlinson
The use of cantharides and other aphrodisiac remedies to stimulate the sexual organs is a most pernicious practice.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
The Euphoriatorium was a large, garish place which specialized in cut-rate drugs and aphrodisiacs.
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
We don't like to be called Aphrodisiacs, you know.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
KEISHA: An aphrodisiac drug produced from a plant of the same name, which grows only on Purgatory.
"Concordance" by Ann Wilson
Truffles are no longer regarded as aphrodisiacs.
"Fungi: Their Nature and Uses" by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
It was obvious that he was mad, demented by her aphrodisiacs.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
The roots are sometimes candied, and are reputed to be stimulating and restorative, as well as to have aphrodisiac properties.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
They deal largely in aphrodisiacs.
"The Inhabitants of the Philippines" by Frederic H. Sawyer
This plant, now in total disuse, was considered by the ancients as a most powerful aphrodisiac, and consecrated to Venus.
"Curiosities of Medical Experience" by J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
The virtue of all the ancient aphrodisiacs resided in their shape.
"Bible Studies" by Joseph M. Wheeler
The celebration of the first day of the Aphrodisiacs begins.
"The Complete Opera Book" by Gustav Kobbé
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In poetry:

The aphrodisiac squid.
My mouth sags,
The mouth of Christ
When my engine reaches the end of it.
"Gigolo" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

If there ever was a recipe for chaos, pairing an aphrodisiac with a spirit once thought to cause madness is a pretty good start.
Rhino horn powder is coveted in some Asian countries as a medicine or an aphrodisiac and its popularity has led to a rise in rhino poaching.
The church once banned truffles for their purported aphrodisiac properties, chef Patricia Wells says.
Chef Shani Castri shows how to make the perfect dessert for a romantic dinner: quick, easy, and delicious spicy chocolate fondue, which is a wonderful aphrodisiac.
Are oysters actually an aphrodisiac.
As Henry Kissinger once observed, power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.
The Aztecs used avocados as an aphrodisiac.
Much as I love them, I'd never thought of black bean s as aphrodisiacal.
Kissinger said that power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.
Rosser used the new fall collection from Tom Ford, including blush in Narcissist and lip color in Aphrodisiac.
A favorite among aphrodisiac recipes.
If chocolate is an aphrodisiac, these delicious chocolate recipes will definitely put you in the mood.
Did you know that pecans contain zinc, which boosts testosterone, which is the reason people think oysters are aphrodisiacs.
Perhaps the little blue pill will become obsolete now that pomegranates have been proven to produce aphrodisiac effects.
The idea underlying "Playing for Keeps," the new romantic comedy starring Gerard Butler, is basic: A well-toned guy who is good with kids is the ultimate aphrodisiac for sex-starved soccer moms.
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