A Word A Day : Luxuriant
Thursday, 10th April 2008 : Today's Word is ...
( Adjective )
Pronunciation : lug-zoree-ant & luk-shoree-ant
1. with a lot of young rich healthy growth
2. growing thickly and profusely
3. written in an elaborate, showy, and dramatic style
4. producing vast quantities of something
5. of a luxurious rich character
14th century - Via French - Latin luxuria - profusion, excess
abundant, ample, copious, deluxe, dense, elaborate, excessive, extravagant, exuberant, fancy, fecund, fertile, flamboyant, flourishing, fruitful, lavish, luscious, lush, opulent, overflowing, palatial, plenteous, plentiful, plush, prodigal, productive, profusive, prolific, profuse, plush, rampant, rank, rich, riotous, sumptuous, superabundant, teeming, thriving, luxurious
means sumptuous and expensive.
lacking, meager, rare, scant, scarce, skimpy, sparse, barren, meager, plain, poor
• The goat has a luxuriant
mane of dark curly hair.
• The vine was luxuriant
in the time of vintage with leaves and grapes.
• Ata's house stood about eight kilometres from the road that runs round the island and you went to it along a winding pathway shaded by the luxuriant
trees of the tropics.
• He wanted to settle in luxuriant
Both these adjectives are related to the noun luxury, but their meanings do not overlap. Luxuriant is used to describe something that grows in rich profusion, for example, hair or vegetation. Luxurious means very comfortable as in a luxurious bedroom
or a luxurious lifestyle
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