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1    originating in a foreign country, esp. one in the tropics; not native  
an exotic plant     
2    having a strange or bizarre allure, beauty, or quality  
3      (N.Z.)   (of trees, esp. pine trees) native to the northern hemisphere but cultivated in New Zealand  
an exotic forest     
4    of or relating to striptease  
5    an exotic person or thing  
     (C16: from Latin exoticus, from Greek exotikos foreign, from exo outside)  
  exotically      adv  
  exoticism      n  
  exoticness      n  

exotic dancer  
      n   a striptease dancer or belly dancer  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    alien, external, extraneous, extrinsic, foreign, imported, introduced, naturalized, not native  
2    beyond one's ken, bizarre, colourful, curious, different, extraordinary, fascinating, glamorous, mysterious, outlandish, peculiar, strange, striking, unfamiliar, unusual  
2    conventional, familiar, ordinary, pedestrian, plain, run-of-the-mill, unmemorable, unremarkable  

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