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[oh-duh-rif-er-uh s]
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  1. yielding or diffusing an odor.
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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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odorous, fragrant, aromatic, perfumed, redolent.
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Examples from the Web for odoriferous

Historical Examples

  • Of the same materials also an odoriferous unguënt was found.

    The First Four Books of Xenophon's Anabasis


  • Every evening a slave carefully filled this lamp with odoriferous oil.

    King Candaules

    Thophile Gautier

  • I hope he enjoys the odoriferous, sudoriferous resting-place.

    Hurricane Hurry

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Evening was closing on Naples and Pausilippo—bright, serene, odoriferous.

  • According to Poseidonius, an odoriferous salt is found in Arabia.

British Dictionary definitions for odoriferous


  1. having or emitting an odour, esp a fragrant one
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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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