aphrodisiac

[ af-ruh-dee-ze-ak, -diz-ee-ak ]SEE DEFINITION OF aphrodisiac
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Eringoes, the holly plant, which was considered to be an aphrodisiac.

For I, too, wrote at first to amuse myself with aphrodisiac statements.

The use of cantharides and other aphrodisiac remedies to stimulate the sexual organs is a most pernicious practice.

Ishtar's aphrodisiac character, though it can scarcely be doubted, does not appear very clearly in the inscriptions.

It is sometimes taken as an abortifacient or given as an aphrodisiac, but whether it has any such action is open to question.

The roots are sometimes candied, and are reputed to be stimulating and restorative, as well as to have aphrodisiac properties.

In Italy, Spain, and Portugal, the influence of love powders and aphrodisiac drugs is universally confided in.

There appears to be no evidence in the case of either the lower animals or the human subject that the drug is an aphrodisiac.

An aphrodisiac odor of ambergris crept through the Deputy-Commissioner's office.

It is said to be cordial, stomachic, tonic, and aphrodisiac.

WORD ORIGIN

1719, from Greek aphrodisiakos "inducing sexual desire," from aphrodisios, "pertaining to Aphrodite; sexual pleasure; a temple of Aphrodite," Greek goddess of love and beauty. As an adjective from 1830 (earlier was aphrodisical, 1719)

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adjectiveaffectionate, desirous
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