[ oh-der-uhs ]
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Origin of odorous

First recorded in 1540–50, odorous is from the Latin word odōrus “fragrant.” See odor, -ous

Other words from odorous

  • o·dor·ous·ly, adverb
  • o·dor·ous·ness, o·dor·os·i·ty [oh-duh-ros-i-tee], /ˌoʊ dəˈrɒs ɪ ti/, noun
  • non·o·dor·ous, adjective
  • non·o·dor·ous·ly, adverb
  • non·o·dor·ous·ness, noun
  • pre·o·dor·ous, adjective
  • un·o·dor·ous, adjective
  • un·o·dor·ous·ly, adverb
  • un·o·dor·ous·ness, noun

Words that may be confused with odorous

Words Nearby odorous

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How to use odorous in a sentence

  • The old foreground of buckeye and odorous ceanothus was gone.

    The Three Partners | Bret Harte
  • He moved on cautiously and turned into a little open, mossy spot, brown-matted and odorous, full of ferns and bluebells.

British Dictionary definitions for odorous


/ (ˈəʊdərəs) /

  1. having or emitting a characteristic smell or odour

Derived forms of odorous

  • odorously, adverb
  • odorousness, noun

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