odoriferous

[ oh-duh-rif-er-uhs ]
/ ˌoʊ dəˈrɪf ər əs /

adjective

yielding or diffusing an odor.

Nearby words

  1. odontosis,
  2. odontotomy,
  3. odor,
  4. odor of sanctity,
  5. odorant,
  6. odorimetry,
  7. odoriphore,
  8. odorize,
  9. odorless,
  10. odorosity

Origin of odoriferous

1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin odōriferus smelling of (something), equivalent to odōr- odor + -i- -i- + -ferus -ferous

Related forms
Can be confusedmalodorous odious odoriferous odorous smelly stinky

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British Dictionary definitions for odoriferous

odoriferous

/ (ˌəʊdəˈrɪfərəs) /

adjective

having or emitting an odour, esp a fragrant one
Derived Formsodoriferously, adverbodoriferousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for odoriferous

odoriferous

adj.

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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