odorous

[ oh-der-uh s ]
/ ˈoʊ dər əs /

adjective


Nearby words

  1. odorimetry,
  2. odoriphore,
  3. odorize,
  4. odorless,
  5. odorosity,
  6. odorously,
  7. odour,
  8. odour of sanctity,
  9. odovacar,
  10. odra

Origin of odorous

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

Related forms
Can be confusedmalodorous odious odoriferous odorous smelly stinkyodious odorous

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British Dictionary definitions for odorous

odorous

/ (ˈəʊdərəs) /

adjective

having or emitting a characteristic smell or odour
Derived Formsodorously, adverbodorousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for odorous

odorous

adj.

"fragrant," early 15c., from Medieval Latin odorosus, from Latin odorus "having a smell," from odor (see odor).

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