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

    ‘the Romans worshiped the apple as an aphrodisiac’
    • ‘aphrodisiac powers’
    • ‘For example, alcohol is commonly viewed as an aphrodisiac that increases sexual desire and capacity.’
    • ‘In spite of its name, it is neither a stimulant nor an aphrodisiac.’
    • ‘The meal was vegetarian and lacked most spices, since certain foods are mild aphrodisiacs and monks supposedly lead celibate lives.’
    • ‘This vegetarian food is laced with aphrodisiacs.’
    • ‘Whether these foods are actually aphrodisiacs is debatable.’
    • ‘Oysters are always thought of as the ultimate aphrodisiac.’
    • ‘Thousands of years ago, saffron was an expensive and aromatic spice use by ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks as an aphrodisiac.’
    • ‘While not an aphrodisiac, this medication has been reported to increase interest in sex as well as arousal.’
    • ‘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 Chinese consider some mushrooms to be aphrodisiacs.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Their flavours include chocolate, cardamom and ginger - all aphrodisiacs.’
    • ‘The leaves can be made into a tea or stewed, for use as an aphrodisiac.’
    • ‘When it comes to traditional restorative products and aphrodisiacs many pills and potions bare little in common with their label.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lettuce was believed to be a powerful aphrodisiac.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, the roots have a reputation as a powerful aphrodisiac.’
    love potion, philtre
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    1. 1.1A thing that causes excitement.
      ‘for a few seconds she'd fallen for the powerful aphrodisiac of music’
      • ‘power is an aphrodisiac’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fame may indeed be the ultimate aphrodisiac, but for Dee, getting it turns out to be A Sweet Sickness.’
      • ‘More proof that rock is the best aphrodisiac AND painkiller?’
      • ‘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.’
      erotic, sexy, sexually arousing, stimulative, stimulant
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/ˌafrəˈdizēˌak/ /ˌæfrəˈdɪziˌæk/ /ˌafrəˈdēzēˌak/ /ˌæfrəˈdiziˌæk/


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