yielding or diffusing an odor.

Origin of odoriferous

1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin odōriferus smelling of (something), equivalent to odōr- odor + -i- -i- + -ferus -ferous
Related formso·dor·if·er·ous·ly, adverbo·dor·if·er·ous·ness, o·dor·if·er·os·i·ty [oh-duh-rif-uh-ros-i-tee] /ˌoʊ dəˌrɪf əˈrɒs ɪ ti/, nounnon·o·dor·if·er·ous, adjectivenon·o·dor·if·er·ous·ly, adverbnon·o·dor·if·er·ous·ness, nounun·o·dor·if·er·ous, adjectiveun·o·dor·if·er·ous·ly, adverbun·o·dor·if·er·ous·ness, noun
Can be confusedmalodorous odious odoriferous odorous smelly stinky

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having or emitting an odour, esp a fragrant one
Derived Formsodoriferously, adverbodoriferousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for odoriferous

early 15c., "that has a scent," with -ous + Latin odorifer "spreading odor, fragrant," literally "bearing odor," from odor (see odor) + ferre "to bear, carry" (see infer). Usually in a positive sense.

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