1. From another part of the world; foreign: exotic tropical plants in a greenhouse.
2. Intriguingly unusual or different; excitingly strange: “If something can be explained simply, in a familiar way, then it is best to avoid more exotic explanations” (Chet Raymo).
3. Of or involving striptease: an exotic dancer.
1. A plant or animal that is exotic.
2. A striptease performer.
[Latin exōticus, from Greek exōtikos, from exō, outside; see EXO–.]
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