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  1. (of plants) having a strong fetid smell
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin gravis heavy + olēre to smell
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Related Words

noxious, putrid, musty, gross, off, offensive, disgusting, revolting, high, bad, sour, tainted, stale, nauseating, turned, reeking, dank, disagreeable, fetid, funky

Examples from the Web for graveolent

Historical Examples

  • The stratum of the earth is black and pitchy, and the springs beneath it are of a dark and graveolent water.

    The Pilgrims Of The Rhine

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton