1. Appealing to or stimulating sexual desire: salacious reading material.
2. Characterized by or indicating sexual desire; lustful: a salacious wink.
[From Latin salāx, salāc-, fond of leaping, lustful, from salīre, to leap; see sel- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
sa·lacious·ness, sa·laci·ty (sə-lăsĭ-tē) n.
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