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What does odoriferous mean?
Odoriferous means having a strong smell.
Example: After gym class, the locker room turns into an odoriferous chamber of sweat and smelly socks.
Where does odoriferous come from?
The first records of odoriferous in English come from the 1400s. It comes from the Medieval Latin odōriferus and is composed of the root odor and the suffix -ferous, meaning “bearing or producing” (as seen in coniferous).
For much of its history, odoriferous was used to describe nicely smelling things, like flowers and spices. It has since come to be used in descriptions of any strong smell, but mostly ones that are very bad. Rotten eggs and skunk spray are infamously odoriferous, for example. Sometimes, the meaning is extended to describe something that one considers bad (much like saying that stinks to mean that’s terrible).
Odoriferous is typically used in the same way as the shorter (but less-fun-to-say) odorous. Both are sometimes confused with the adjective odious, which means “hateful,” “offensive,” or “disgusting” (though something that’s odoriferous could also be described as odious).
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What are some other forms related to odoriferous?
- odoriferously (adverb)
- odoriferousness (noun)
- odoriferosity (noun)
- nonodoriferous (adjective)
- nonodoriferously (adverb)
- nonodoriferousness (noun)
- unodoriferous (adjective)
- unodoriferously (adverb)
- unodoriferousness (noun)
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How is odoriferous used in real life?
By definition, odoriferous just means “having a strong smell.” But it’s frequently used to describe something whose smell is strong and really bad.
Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis) is a common North American mammal, including this feisty juvenile. Highly recognizable due to the distinctive black and white fur. They may be cute, but they have an oily, odoriferous means of protecting themselves! (hl) #WednesdayWildlife pic.twitter.com/oYr30HylrL
— Petrified Forest NP (@PetrifiedNPS) March 13, 2019
^S brushed a little bicarb through the 3LT's coat to make him less odoriferous. (Well, you know what cats are like.) Now he's like a powder puff with whiskers! 😆
— The UK Wafflers (@TheUKWafflers) March 5, 2020
People who bring odoriferous bags of McDonald's on airplanes. Bad people? Or the worst people? Discuss.
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) December 21, 2015
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Is odoriferous used correctly in the following sentence?
Please take out the trash before it becomes odoriferous.
How to use odoriferous in a sentence
And, fair warning, if you’re concerned about smell, those are the items that can be a bit, well, odoriferous.How to start composting at home, even if you don’t have a yard|Kristen Hartke|April 22, 2021|Washington Post
Dogs become extensions of ourselves, with their acute hearing and especially keen noses expanding our field of perception from the visual world to the odoriferous.Traveling through the pandemic in the company of dogs|Walter Nicklin|December 18, 2020|Washington Post
This volatile odoriferous principle has been called the spiritus rector of the plant.
At the instant I smell something, my sense is irritated, or put in motion, by the parts that exhale from the odoriferous body.Good Sense|Paul Henri Thiry, Baron D'Holbach
These articles they barter with us for odoriferous woods and earth, and our salt of wood ashes.
All the trees are odoriferous, and some of them emit gums, oils, or other liquors.The Letters of Amerigo Vespucci|Amerigo Vespucci
Its scenery assumes a thousand different aspects between odoriferous Greenpoint and the solitary grandeur of Montauk.