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[lik-er-ish] /ˈlɪk ər ɪʃ/

adjective, Archaic.
fond of and eager for choice food.
greedy; longing.
lustful; lecherous.
adjective (archaic)
lecherous or lustful
greedy; gluttonous
appetizing or tempting

“fond of delicious fare,” c.1500, from Middle English likerous “pleasing to the palate” (late 13c.), from Anglo-French *likerous, Old French licherous (see lecherous). Unlike the French word, it generally kept close to its literal sense.


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