exotic

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle French exotique, from Latin exōticus, from Ancient Greek ἐξωτικός (exōtikós, foreign, literally from the outside), from ἐξω- (exō-, outside), from ἐξ (ex, out of).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪɡˈzɒtɪk/
    • (file)
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɪɡˈzɑtɪk/
  • Rhymes: -ɒtɪk

Adjective[edit]

exotic (comparative more exotic, superlative most exotic)

  1. Foreign, especially in an exciting way.
    an exotic appearance
    • 1682 December 4, John Evelyn, “[Diary entry for 24 November 1682 (Julian calendar)]”, in William Bray, editor, Memoirs, Illustrative of the Life and Writings of John Evelyn, [] , volume I, 2nd edition, London: Henry Colburn, [], published 1819, OCLC 976971842:
      Nothing was so splendid and exotic as the ambassador.
    • 1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 2, in The Tremarn Case[1]:
      “Two or three months more went by ; the public were eagerly awaiting the arrival of this semi-exotic claimant to an English peerage, and sensations, surpassing those of the Tichbourne case, were looked forward to with palpitating interest. […]”
    • 2013 June 29, “Travels and travails”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 55:
      Even without hovering drones, a lurking assassin, a thumping score and a denouement, the real-life story of Edward Snowden, a rogue spy on the run, could be straight out of the cinema. But, as with Hollywood, the subplots and exotic locations may distract from the real message: America’s discomfort and its foes’ glee.
  2. Non-native to the ecosystem.
  3. (finance) Being or relating to an option with features that make it more complex than commonly traded options.

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exotic (plural exotics)

  1. (biology) An organism that is exotic to an environment.
    • c.1948, George Orwell, Such, Such Were the Joys
      There were a few exotics among them — some South American boys, sons of Argentine beef barons, one or two Russians, and even a Siamese prince, or someone who was described as a prince.
  2. An exotic dancer; a stripteaser.
  3. (physics) Any exotic particle.
    Glueballs, theoretical particles composed only of gluons, are exotics.

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Occitan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin exōticus.

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  • (file)

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exotic m (feminine singular exotica, masculine plural exotics, feminine plural exoticas)

  1. exotic

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French exotique, from Latin exoticus.

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exotic m or n (feminine singular exotică, masculine plural exotici, feminine and neuter plural exotice)

  1. exotic

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