Definitions for aphrodisiacˌæf rəˈdi zɛˌæk, -ˈdɪz iˌæk; ˌæf rə dəˈzaɪ ə kəl, -ˈsaɪ-
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aph•ro•dis•i•acˌæf rəˈdi zɛˌæk, -ˈdɪz iˌæk; ˌæf rə dəˈzaɪ ə kəl, -ˈsaɪ-(adj.)
arousing sexual desire.
(n.)a food, drug, or other agent that arouses or is reputed to arouse sexual desire.
Origin of aphrodisiac:
1710–20; < Gk aphrodīsiakós relating to love or desire =Aphrodisi(os) of Aphrodite +-akos -ac
a drug or other agent that stimulates sexual desire
aphrodisiac, aphrodisiacal, sexy(adj)
exciting sexual desire
A food or drug having such an effect
Arousing or intensifying sexual desire
Origin: From ἀφροδισιακός, from Άφροδίσιος.
alt. of Aphrodisiacal
that which (as a drug, or some kinds of food) excites to venery
An aphrodisiac is a substance that increases sexual desire. The name comes from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of sexuality and love. Throughout history, many foods, drinks, and behaviors have had a reputation for making sex more attainable and/or pleasurable. However, from a historical and scientific standpoint, the alleged results may have been mainly due to mere belief by their users that they would be effective. In particular, Western medical science has no substantiated claims that any particular food increases sexual desire or performance. Some purported aphrodisiacs gain their reputation from the principles of sympathetic magic.
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