lu·bri·cious (l-brĭshəs) also lu·bri·cous (lbrĭ-kəs)
a. Full of or displaying sexual desire: "They fell immediately into an orgy of lubricious kissing" (Joseph Heller).
b. Sexually stimulating; salacious: a book of lubricious photographs.
2. Having a slippery or smooth quality: "Throughout the empire a lubricious glaze of venality came to coat every governmental surface" (Cullen Murphy).
[Alteration of lubricous, from Latin lūbricus, slippery; see sleubh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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