luxuriant, luxurious
These two words, both connected with the word luxury (in turn derived from the Latin word luxus meaning ‘abundance’), have got in each other's way since the 17c. Nonetheless, their meanings are distinct, as R. M. Ballantyne recognized in two uses in his Coral Island (1858): The trees and bushes were very luxuriant / Altogether this was the most luxurious supper we had enjoyed for many a day. Essentially, luxurious, the more general word, means ‘rich or abundant in luxuries or comforts’ whereas luxuriant has the specific meaning ‘rich or abundant in foliage or vegetation’.

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