aphrodisiacal

[ af-ruh-dee-ze-ak, -diz-ee-ak ]SEE DEFINITION OF aphrodisiacal
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The following instances sufficiently establish the aphrodisiacal qualities of phosphorus.

The mushroom was also equally well known as the truffle to the ancient Romans for its aphrodisiacal qualities.

Certain condiments are also aphrodisiacal, acting as they undoubtedly do, as powerful stimulants.

Musk taken internally is said by many physicians to be almost equal to ambergris for its aphrodisiacal qualities.

Thus onions are regarded as aphrodisiacal, and were so regarded by the Greeks, as we learn from Aristophanes.

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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