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[oh-der-uh s] /ˈoʊ dər əs/
Origin of odorous
First recorded in 1540-50, odorous is from the Latin word odōrus fragrant. See odor, -ous
Related forms
odorously, adverb
odorousness, odorosity
[oh-duh-ros-i-tee] /ˌoʊ dəˈrɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
nonodorous, adjective
nonodorously, adverb
nonodorousness, noun
preodorous, adjective
unodorous, adjective
unodorously, adverb
unodorousness, noun
Can be confused
odious, odorous. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for odorous
Historical Examples
  • It is in the brain that the poppy is red, that the apple is odorous, that the skylark sings.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • Mutely together they moved through the lonesome, odorous twilight.

    Poems William D. Howells
  • The railway terminus will be odorous with garlic and the humanity of Italy.

    In Direst Peril David Christie Murray
  • The day came on—glorious, odorous, golden—but we saw little of its beauty.

  • It was enough to be seated here, close with her in the starry, odorous night.

    Major Vigoureux A. T. Quiller-Couch
  • It is shadowed and scented by a hundred sorts of odorous shrubs and flowers.

    Impressions of America Tyrone Power
  • He pushed it open, and stepped into the odorous darkness of its interior.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • A cabbage stew, in progress on the stove, filled the room with an odorous steam.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
  • I meant no comparisons; comparisons are odorous, saith Dogberry.

    To Have and To Hold Mary Johnston
  • The neighbourhood may be odorous, but it is full of human possibilities.

British Dictionary definitions for odorous


having or emitting a characteristic smell or odour
Derived Forms
odorously, adverb
odorousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for odorous

"fragrant," early 15c., from Medieval Latin odorosus, from Latin odorus "having a smell," from odor (see odor).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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