from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Sweet and pleasant to taste or smell: a luscious melon. See Synonyms at delicious.
  • adj. Having strong sensual or sexual appeal; seductive.
  • adj. Richly appealing to the senses or the mind: a luscious, vivid description.
  • adj. Archaic Excessively sweet; cloying.

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  • adj. sweet and pleasant; delicious
  • adj. sexually appealing; seductive
  • adj. obscene

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sweet; delicious; very grateful to the taste; toothsome; excessively sweet or rich.
  • adj. Cloying; fulsome.
  • adj. Gratifying a depraved sense; obscene.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Very sweet, succulent, or savory; delicious; very pleasant to taste; hence, extremely pleasing to any of the senses or to the mind; enticingly delightful.
  • Sweet or rich so as to cloy or nauseate; sweet to excess; hence, unctuous; fulsome.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. extremely pleasing to the sense of taste
  • adj. having strong sexual appeal


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English lucius, alteration of licious, perhaps short for delicious, delicious; see delicious.

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From earlier lushious, lussyouse ("luscious, richly sweet, delicious"), a corruption of *lustious, from lusty (“pleasant, delicious”) +‎ -ous. Shakespeare uses both lush (short for lushious) and lusty in the selfsame sense: 'How lush and lusty the grass looks'. —Temp. ii. I.52. See also lush, lusty.


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  • I absolutely despise this word. If there is any word that evokes a response more far (further?) removed from its definition than this word, I have yet to find it!

    September 17, 2009