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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
succulent tropical fruit
▪ The chicken was golden and crispy on the outside and juicy and succulent inside.
▪ This part of the country is famous for its fine wines and succulent peaches.
▪ All were eyeless for the crows and ravens pluck the succulent pieces first.
▪ It can be anything from a rich and succulent casserole to a stir fry recipe with a subtle hint of the Orient.
▪ One is raised primarily for the purpose of foie gras, the succulent swollen liver of the goose.
▪ The bright flavor of paprika, in combination with sour cream, is a perfect foil for the succulent meat of rabbit.
▪ The lettuce, succulent and green.
▪ There would be a table groaning with smoked ham, with thick succulent slices of cold beef and crusty fresh bread.
▪ With fingers stained and mouths puckered and purple, our memories of indulgently consuming these succulent fruits are almost sinful.
▪ Another greenhouse has been landscaped to show succulents and cacti in a natural setting.
▪ The landscaping was sparse, composed of drought-tolerant plants: pyracantha wistaria, and succulents.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Succulent \Suc"cu*lent\, a. [L. succulentus, suculentus, fr. succus, sucus, juice; perhaps akin to E. suck: cf. F. succulent.] Full of juice; juicy.

Succulent plants (Bot.), plants which have soft and juicy leaves or stems, as the houseleek, the live forever, and the species of Mesembryanthemum.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1600, from French succulent (16c.), from Latin succulentus "having juice, juicy," from succus "juice, sap;" related to sugere "to suck," and possibly cognate with Old English socian "to soak," sucan "to suck" (see sup (v.2)). The noun meaning "plant with juicy tissues" is from 1825.


a. 1 juicy or lush 2 interesting or delectable 3 (context botany English) having fleshy leaves or other tissues that store water n. a succulent plant (such as cactus)

  1. adj. full of juice; "lush fruits"; "succulent roast beef"; "succulent plants with thick fleshy leaves" [syn: lush]

  2. n. a plant adapted to arid conditions and characterized by fleshy water-storing tissues that act as water reservoirs

Usage examples of "succulent".

It also prefers the savor of those who have allowed their receptor planes to tarnish with succulent trace elements, spewed up by the hot accretion disk below.

And if we fell among anthropophagi, would not our love of approbation make us long to be as succulent as young pigs?

Well, it was a giant horse and a mighty succulent horse, but it looked like the Baluchitherium of old.

A succulent, mouth-watering Indian curry was stewing somewhere close by, and surely great pots of yellow Basmati rice were steaming there as well.

That was over three decades ago, but the stories still went the rounds, with the speculation that some of her more succulent slaves left the pens for the stewpots of Mallat House.

Lady Sloper, who, reasonably early on, gave me permission to call her Marjorie, was a small, bright-eyed woman, who made good use of the champagne and was licking her fingers after a particularly succulent samosa when she spotted another Judge.

The simpler had come to her feet in the middle of a particularly succulent strawberry patch.

Pluming a smile upon his succulent mouth, he told her that the poverty she lived in was utterly unbefitting her gentle nurture, and that he had reason to believe--could assure her--that an annuity was on the point of being granted her by her husband.

The picture he turned to was of a particularly succulent Divino Abbandono with green-on-gold surface and olive interior and the flavor of heaven.

Molluscs and crustaceans were collected for ladles, spoons, bowls, and cups, as well as for their succulent morsels.

Mosses and grass added their shades to the verdant mosaic of lush growth and small plants, from oxalis, the cloverlike wood sorrel, to tiny succulents clinging to exposed rock faces.

They spent a few moments of silence wrapping flour tortillas around the succulent beef, grilled onions, and assorted fajita fixings.

There were bees and birds, and there were many ferns which gave succulent roots.

The Water Figwort may be readily known by the winged corners of its stems, which, though hollow and succulent, are rigid when dead, and prove very troublesome to anglers.

Cherub, which needs nothing more from its environment than a regular sluice of UVB, a browse in the ion shoals, a breath or two of interstellar hydrogen, had gravitated to the honeycombs of the fluxus radiators, attracted by the succulent plasma splashing in.