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Definition characterized by growing well or being richly thick or abundant — as of vegetation or hair

or (more rarely):

characterized by luxury (very comfortable or extravagant)
  • She unpinned her long, luxuriant hair.
luxuriant = rich, attractive, and healthy
  • The home is in a luxuriant green valley strewn with violet wildflowers.
  • luxuriant = with abundant growth
  • Beavers were hunted nearly to extinction for their luxuriant fur.
  • luxuriant = thick and abundant
  • For most of the way they were forced right down to the bare rock by the water and had to edge along between that and the dark luxuriance of the forest.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • luxuriance = thick growth
  • His hair was curly and dark like mine, except not as fashionably tousled or luxuriant.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • luxuriant = richly thick
  • It was a most beautiful season; never did the fields bestow a more plentiful harvest or the vines yield a more luxuriant vintage, but my eyes were insensible to the charms of nature.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • luxuriant = rich or abundant
  • It was a sad transformation, too, that her rich and luxuriant hair had either been cut off, or was so completely hidden by a cap, that not a shining lock of it ever once gushed into the sunshine.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • luxuriant = thick or abundant
  • There is a way, she'd said, and, in the morning, Mariam would tell her what needed to be done and they would do it, and maybe by tomorrow this time they would be on their way to this new life, a life luxuriant with possibility and joy and welcomed difficulties.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • luxuriant = rich
  • The woman had long, luxuriant, silver hair that conjured an unexpected wisp of memory.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • luxuriant = richly thick
  • The yams put on luxuriant green leaves, but every farmer knew that without sunshine the tubers would not grow.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • luxuriant = growing well
  • Good things lost amid a wilderness of weeds, to be sure, whose rankness far over-topped their neglected growth; yet, notwithstanding, evidence of a wealthy soil, that might yield luxuriant crops under other and favourable circumstances.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • luxuriant = rich or abundant
  • Straddling her grandfather was a naked woman wearing a white mask, her luxuriant silver hair flowing out behind it.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • luxuriant = richly thick
  • She continually ran into the luxuriant weeds and creepers that walled in the path.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • luxuriant = growing thickly
  • The pines are not tall or luxuriant, but they are sombre and add an air of severity to the scene.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • luxuriant = thick with growth
  • Here they sat down on a luxuriant heap of moss; which at some epoch of the preceding century, had been a gigantic pine, with its roots and trunk in the darksome shade, and its head aloft in the upper atmosphere.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • luxuriant = thick
  • In each of the sisters there was one trait of the mother — and only one; the thin and pallid elder daughter had her parent's Cairngorm eye: the blooming and luxuriant younger girl had her contour of jaw and chin — perhaps a little softened, but still imparting an indescribable hardness to the countenance otherwise so voluptuous and buxom.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • luxuriant = growing well
  • His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • luxuriances = rich features
  • scattered forest trees and orchards of luxuriant growth
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • Donning a luxuriant Hotel Bernini robe, he walked out of the bedroom into the suite's foyer.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • As they walked along Philip felt himself overwhelmed by the rich luxuriance.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage

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