Definition of aphrodisiac in English:



  • A food, drink, or other thing that stimulates sexual desire.

    ‘power is the ultimate aphrodisiac’
    • ‘The meal was vegetarian and lacked most spices, since certain foods are mild aphrodisiacs and monks supposedly lead celibate lives.’
    • ‘Oysters are always thought of as the ultimate aphrodisiac.’
    • ‘Whether these foods are actually aphrodisiacs is debatable.’
    • ‘In the 17th century royals at Hampton Court drank it and ate it in vast quantities, believing it to be a powerful African aphrodisiac and hangover cure.’
    • ‘Thousands of years ago, saffron was an expensive and aromatic spice use by ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks as an aphrodisiac.’
    • ‘The Chinese consider some mushrooms to be aphrodisiacs.’
    • ‘For example, alcohol is commonly viewed as an aphrodisiac that increases sexual desire and capacity.’
    • ‘Their flavours include chocolate, cardamom and ginger - all aphrodisiacs.’
    • ‘Cocoa's stimulative effect - it was once regarded as an aphrodisiac - comes from some of the chemicals in the cocoa bean.’
    • ‘So just what is it that causes some foods to be labeled as aphrodisiacs?’
    • ‘This vegetarian food is laced with aphrodisiacs.’
    • ‘One question - is chocolate really an aphrodisiac?’
    • ‘When it comes to traditional restorative products and aphrodisiacs many pills and potions bare little in common with their label.’
    • ‘Many people believe in the power of chocolate as an aphrodisiac, while others swear by a certain perfume or cologne to ignite desire in the sought-after other.’
    • ‘The leaves can be made into a tea or stewed, for use as an aphrodisiac.’
    • ‘Lettuce was believed to be a powerful aphrodisiac.’
    • ‘In spite of its name, it is neither a stimulant nor an aphrodisiac.’
    • ‘While not an aphrodisiac, this medication has been reported to increase interest in sex as well as arousal.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, the roots have a reputation as a powerful aphrodisiac.’
    • ‘Poaching continues, however, partly because many Mexican men believe sea turtle eggs, eaten raw with a pinch of lime and salt, are aphrodisiacs.’
    love potion, philtre
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  • Of the nature of an aphrodisiac; stimulating sexual desire.

    ‘the aphrodisiac effects of ylang-ylang oil’
    • ‘Many readers, however, will no doubt be disappointed to discover that from the scientist's point of view there is no aphrodisiac food.’
    • ‘Chocolate is reported to have aphrodisiac properties, releasing similar chemicals to that of a love affair when eaten.’
    • ‘Researchers in 1998 found that a blend of liquorice and cucumber was the most effective aphrodisiac aroma for women’
    • ‘It is a remarkable work giving detailed instructions of erotic technique and aphrodisiac recipes and charms.’
    • ‘Most of these foods are believed to have aphrodisiac qualities because of their smell, taste or appearance.’
    • ‘Reputed to have aphrodisiac qualities, the plant resembles fennel, and used to be collected for sale at London markets.’
    • ‘In the past, some local residents poached sea turtle eggs to sell in the lucrative black market for their supposed magical and aphrodisiac powers.’
    • ‘What do you already know about aphrodisiac herbs?’
    • ‘But the one idea that was really interesting was the aphrodisiac gas.’
    • ‘The ancient Aztecs thought avocado was a sexual stimulant and therefore treated it as forbidden fruit, and there are still many today who believe it has aphrodisiac properties.’
    • ‘The sea cucumber is reputed to have aphrodisiac qualities.’
    • ‘Among many of its healing effects, its aphrodisiac quality has been successfully documented and appreciated for thousands of years.’
    • ‘By now she knows exactly the aphrodisiac effect she has on men.’
    • ‘Many people have found that alcohol has aphrodisiac qualities, even if it occasionally dampens the ability to follow through.’
    • ‘When used traditionally in aphrodisiac recipes, they were often combined with herbs such as cinnamon, nutmeg, peppers and onions.’
    • ‘Perfumes are often used like pheromones, for that aphrodisiac effect.’
    • ‘Whatever their aphrodisiac qualities, oats or porridge have real nutritional value.’
    • ‘At that point, I really couldn't tell if the aphrodisiac effect had kicked in.’
    • ‘Declassified documents reveal the Pentagon toyed with the idea of an aphrodisiac chemical weapon in 1994.’
    • ‘But it is also very popular because it is thought to have aphrodisiac properties.’
    erotic, sexy, sexually arousing, stimulative, stimulant
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Early 18th century: from Greek aphrodisiakos, from aphrodisios, from Aphroditē (see Aphrodite).