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Origin of odoriferous
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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)
What are some synonyms for odoriferous?
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What are some words that often get used in discussing odoriferous?
What are some words odoriferous may be commonly confused with?
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.
Example sentences from the Web for odoriferous
A rancid fat is one in which have been developed compounds of an odoriferous nature.Soap-Making Manual|E. G. Thomssen
I use the term odorous, not in the same sense as odoriferous, but to include both sweet and fetid scents.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. IV (of 4)|William Kirby
The idea of a flow of odoriferous atoms in a direction contrary to that of the aerial torrent seems to me inadmissible.Social Life in the Insect World|J. H. Fabre
Comparisons are odoriferous, and therefore for one paragraph let us compare Autumn with Spring.Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2|John Wilson
An odoriferous water is distilled from the flowers, and the bark is used medicinally.Plant Lore, Legends, and Lyrics|Richard Folkard