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Permanent link for this word: aphrodisiac
aphrodisiac (af-ruh-DIZ-ee-ak, -DEE-zee-)
adjective: Arousing or intensifying sexual desire.
noun: Something, such as a drug or food, having such an effect.
[Greek aphrodisiakos, from aphrodisia, sexual pleasures, from Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty in Greek Mythology.]
"Here the myths have done wanton destruction to rhinos. Someone began
the myth that rhino horns are an aphrodisiac. Scientifically it has been
proved false and you can chew your finger nails if you like and nothing
will stimulate you, for rhino horns and human finger nails are made of
the same stuff called keratin, which forms nails and hair."
This week's theme: Words from classical mythology
If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor. -Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
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