exotic

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French exotique, from Latin exoticus, from Ancient Greek ἐξωτικός (eksotikos, foreign), literally "from the outside", from ἐξω- (ekso, outside), from ἐξ (eks, out of).

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exotic (comparative more exotic, superlative most exotic)

  1. Foreign, especially in an exciting way.
    • Evelyn
      Nothing was so splendid and exotic as the ambassador.
    • 1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 2, 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”, 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.
    exotic appearance
  2. Non-native to the ecosystem.

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Noun[edit]

exotic (plural exotics)

  1. (biology) An organism that is exotic to an environment.
  2. An exotic dancer; a stripteaser.
  3. (physics) Any exotic particle.
    Glueballs, theoretical particles composed only of gluons, are exotics.

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exotic 4 nom/acc forms

  1. exotic

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