aph·ro·di·si·ac (ăf′rə-dēzē-ăk′, -dĭzē-)
Arousing or intensifying sexual desire.
Something, such as a drug or food, having such an effect.
[Greek aphrodīsiakos, from aphrodīsia, sexual pleasures, from Aphrodītē, Aphrodite.]
aph′ro·di·sia·cal (-dĭ-zīĭ-kəl) adj.
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