Luxuriant Lux*u"ri*ant, a. [L. luxurians, p. pr. of luxuriare: cf. F. luxuriant. See {Luxuriate}.] 1. Exuberant in growth; rank; excessive; profuse; very abundant; as, a luxuriant growth of grass; luxuriant foliage. [1913 Webster]

Prune the luxuriant, the uncouth refine. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. Producing luxuriant growth; very fertile; -- of soil. [PJC]

3. Having or producing an abundance of elaborate details; unrestrained; -- of imagery or ornamentation. [PJC]

{Luxuriant flower} (Bot.), one in which the floral envelopes are overdeveloped at the expense of the essential organs. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • luxuriant — luxuriant, iante [ lyksyrjɑ̃, jɑ̃t ] adj. • 1540; lat. luxurians, p. prés. de luxuriare 1 ♦ Qui pousse, se développe avec une remarquable abondance. ⇒ abondant, surabondant. « La végétation était si luxuriante que l on avait peine à passer » (A.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • luxuriant — LUXURIÁNT, Ă, luxurianţi, te, adj. (Despre vegetaţie) Extrem de abundent. [pr.: ri ant] – Din fr. luxuriant, lat. luxurians, ntis. Trimis de ana zecheru, 26.03.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  luxuriánt adj. m. (sil. ri ant), pl. luxuriánţi; …   Dicționar Român

  • luxuriant — luxuriant, ante (lu ksu ri an, an t ) adj. Qui se produit avec luxe, avec surabondance. •   Luxuriant est une expression latine qui se dit proprement d un luxe de végétation, et, par suite, de toute espèce d abondance, PASC. Pens. XXV, Rem. Fragm …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • luxuriant — luxuriant, luxurious These two words, both connected with the word luxury (in turn derived from the Latin word luxus meaning ‘abundance’), have got in each other s way since the 17c. Nonetheless, their meanings are distinct, as R. M. Ballantyne… …   Modern English usage

  • luxuriant — [lug zhoor′ē ənt, luk shoor′ē ənt] adj. [L luxurians, prp. of luxuriare: see LUXURIATE] 1. Rare very productive; fertile [luxuriant soil] 2. growing with vigor and in great abundance; lush; teeming 3. characterized by richness and extravagance,… …   English World dictionary

  • luxuriant — (adj.) 1530s, from M.Fr. luxuriant and directly from L. luxuriantem (nom. luxurians), prp. of luxuriare have to excess, grow profusely (see LUXURIATE (Cf. luxuriate)). Related: Luxuriantly …   Etymology dictionary

  • luxuriant — index copious, fertile, productive, profuse, superfluous, wanton Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • luxuriant — lush, exuberant, *profuse, lavish, prodigal Analogous words: fruitful, fecund, *fertile, prolific: *rank, rampant: abounding or abundant, teeming (see corresponding verbs at TEEM) Contrasted words: barren, *sterile, unfruitful, infertile: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • luxuriant — [adj] profuse, plush abundant, ample, copious, deluxe, dense, elaborate, excessive, extravagant, exuberant, fancy, fecund, fertile, flamboyant, flourishing, fruitful, lavish, luscious, lush, opulent, overflowing, palatial, plenteous, plentiful,… …   New thesaurus

  • luxuriant — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of vegetation) rich and profuse in growth. 2) (of hair) thick and healthy. DERIVATIVES luxuriance noun luxuriantly adverb. ORIGIN from Latin luxuriare grow rankly , from luxuria luxury, rankness …   English terms dictionary

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