Definition of aphrodisiac in US English:



  • 1A food, drink, or drug that stimulates sexual desire.

    ‘the Romans worshiped the apple as an aphrodisiac’
    as adjective ‘aphrodisiac powers’
    • ‘This vegetarian food is laced with aphrodisiacs.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, the roots have a reputation as a powerful aphrodisiac.’
    • ‘In spite of its name, it is neither a stimulant nor an aphrodisiac.’
    • ‘For example, alcohol is commonly viewed as an aphrodisiac that increases sexual desire and capacity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Chinese consider some mushrooms to be aphrodisiacs.’
    • ‘Their flavours include chocolate, cardamom and ginger - all aphrodisiacs.’
    • ‘Lettuce was believed to be a powerful aphrodisiac.’
    • ‘When it comes to traditional restorative products and aphrodisiacs many pills and potions bare little in common with their label.’
    • ‘Oysters are always thought of as the ultimate aphrodisiac.’
    • ‘While not an aphrodisiac, this medication has been reported to increase interest in sex as well as arousal.’
    • ‘The meal was vegetarian and lacked most spices, since certain foods are mild aphrodisiacs and monks supposedly lead celibate lives.’
    • ‘Thousands of years ago, saffron was an expensive and aromatic spice use by ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks as an aphrodisiac.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Poaching continues, however, partly because many Mexican men believe sea turtle eggs, eaten raw with a pinch of lime and salt, are aphrodisiacs.’
    • ‘One question - is chocolate really an aphrodisiac?’
    • ‘So just what is it that causes some foods to be labeled as aphrodisiacs?’
    • ‘The leaves can be made into a tea or stewed, for use as an aphrodisiac.’
    • ‘Cocoa's stimulative effect - it was once regarded as an aphrodisiac - comes from some of the chemicals in the cocoa bean.’
    • ‘Whether these foods are actually aphrodisiacs is debatable.’
    love potion, philtre
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    1. 1.1 A thing that causes excitement.
      ‘for a few seconds she'd fallen for the powerful aphrodisiac of music’
      ‘power is an aphrodisiac’
      • ‘More proof that rock is the best aphrodisiac AND painkiller?’
      • ‘He swiftly realised that a man with a guitar was a powerful aphrodisiac.’
      • ‘That's the price of power that these folks, who think of power as the ultimate aphrodisiac, are more than willing to pay.’
      • ‘Contrary to the conventional wisdom of modern politics, however, his experience of the aphrodisiac of power did not seduce him into compromising his principles in pursuit of ever higher office.’
      • ‘Fame may indeed be the ultimate aphrodisiac, but for Dee, getting it turns out to be A Sweet Sickness.’
      erotic, sexy, sexually arousing, stimulative, stimulant
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Early 18th century: from Greek aphrodisiakos, from aphrodisios, from Aphroditē (see Aphrodite).