Adjective "aphrodisiac" definition and examples

(Aphrodisiac may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A food, drink, or other thing that stimulates sexual desire.
  1. 'The Chinese consider some mushrooms to be aphrodisiacs.'
  2. 'In spite of its name, it is neither a stimulant nor an aphrodisiac.'
  3. 'When it comes to traditional restorative products and aphrodisiacs many pills and potions bare little in common with their label.'
  4. 'Whether these foods are actually aphrodisiacs is debatable.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'Their flavours include chocolate, cardamom and ginger - all aphrodisiacs.'
  7. 'Thousands of years ago, saffron was an expensive and aromatic spice use by ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks as an aphrodisiac.'
  8. 'Poaching continues, however, partly because many Mexican men believe sea turtle eggs, eaten raw with a pinch of lime and salt, are aphrodisiacs.'
  9. 'The leaves can be made into a tea or stewed, for use as an aphrodisiac.'
  10. 'Lettuce was believed to be a powerful aphrodisiac.'


Of the nature of an aphrodisiac; stimulating sexual desire.
  1. 'But it is also very popular because it is thought to have aphrodisiac properties.'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'Whatever their aphrodisiac qualities, oats or porridge have real nutritional value.'
  4. 'Chocolate is reported to have aphrodisiac properties, releasing similar chemicals to that of a love affair when eaten.'
  5. 'When used traditionally in aphrodisiac recipes, they were often combined with herbs such as cinnamon, nutmeg, peppers and onions.'
  6. 'Many readers, however, will no doubt be disappointed to discover that from the scientist's point of view there is no aphrodisiac food.'
  7. 'But the one idea that was really interesting was the aphrodisiac gas.'
  8. 'Many people have found that alcohol has aphrodisiac qualities, even if it occasionally dampens the ability to follow through.'
  9. 'Most of these foods are believed to have aphrodisiac qualities because of their smell, taste or appearance.'
  10. 'The sea cucumber is reputed to have aphrodisiac qualities.'

More definitions

1. Also, aphrodisiacal[af-ruh-duh-zahy-uh-kuh l, -sahy-]/ˌæf rə dəˈzaɪ ə kəl, -ˈsaɪ-/. arousing sexual desire. noun

2. an aphrodisiac food, drug, potion, or other agent that arouses sexual desire.

More examples(as adjective)

"qualities can be aphrodisiac."

"properties can be aphrodisiac."

"powers can be aphrodisiac."

"truffleses can be aphrodisiac."

"teas can be aphrodisiac."

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Early 18th century: from Greek aphrodisiakos, from aphrodisios, from Aphroditē (see Aphrodite).