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 (ăf′rə-dē′zē-ăk′, -dĭz′ē-)
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·si′a·cal (-dĭ-zī′ĭ-kəl) adj.


having an aphrodisiac quality
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Elephant ivory commands high prices on the black market while many people believe rhino horns to have both medicinal and aphrodisiacal properties, but poaching numbers for most other 'game' animals are declining, and at least part of the reason for this success is because of both public education and the voluntary refusal to serve such meats by places such as the Carnivore.
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OYSTERS THEY tend to be a "love them or hate them" food, but oysters - as well as being famed for aphrodisiacal property - have another super-power up their slippery sleeve: they're one of the best sources of zinc.
This exquisite reptile is subject to poaching and illegal trading resulting from the misconception about their medicinal and aphrodisiacal properties, as well as the belief that keeping this snake as a pet brings wealth and prosperity.
If they ever displayed inordinate levels of piety--such as "driven to frenzies by the merits of the saints," "weeping over the sorrows of the heathen," or "spending hours on their knees in hysterical abasement before the heavenly throne"--the reason was likely a "fair and toothsome" ecclesiastic who was likely "a good deal more aphrodisiacal than learned.
Certainly, then, he must have feared the possibility that two scientists might find themselves alone late one evening, with the aphrodisiacal power of scientific revelation unloosing their inhibitions.
He adds that dining in and cooking for one s partner has aphrodisiacal qualities in its own right.
Although he continues to measure himself against the traditional male image, comparing himself to a "Leiche im Corso der Lebenden" (178) and eating oysters, which are presumed to have aphrodisiacal properties, he also praises life and feels his "Lust, jetzt und hier zu sein" (174).
This particular room is kept "dirty"--uncleaned--for three days after copulations so as to create the aphrodisiacal funk that encourages dogs to mate--but otherwise the whole place is characterized by gleaming Apple computers, pouty elegant orchids, leather couches and glossy polished surfaces, producing a feeling much less like a veterinary center than a concierge-grade medi-spa.
In complaints published by local daily Makkah, parents said that they were shocked to see the list of juices referring to special drinks for married couples, insinuating an aphrodisiacal composition.
Parents have complained that they were shocked to see the list of juices referring to special drinks for married couples, suggesting aphrodisiacal composition, said the Gulf News report.