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  1. odoriferous.
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Origin of odorous

First recorded in 1540–50, odorous is from the Latin word odōrus fragrant. See odor, -ous
Related formso·dor·ous·ly, adverbo·dor·ous·ness, o·dor·os·i·ty [oh-duh-ros-i-tee] /ˌoʊ dəˈrɒs ɪ ti/, nounnon·o·dor·ous, adjectivenon·o·dor·ous·ly, adverbnon·o·dor·ous·ness, nounpre·o·dor·ous, adjectiveun·o·dor·ous, adjectiveun·o·dor·ous·ly, adverbun·o·dor·ous·ness, noun
Can be confusedmalodorous odious odoriferous odorous smelly stinkyodious odorous
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Related Words for odorous

aromatic, balmy, dank, fetid, flavorsome, flowery, foul, fragrant, heady, honeyed, loud, malodorous, mephitic, moldy, musty, nauseous, offensive, pungent, putrid, redolent

Examples from the Web for odorous

Historical Examples of odorous

  • It is in the brain that the poppy is red, that the apple is odorous, that the skylark sings.

    De Profundis

    Oscar Wilde

  • Mutely together they moved through the lonesome, odorous twilight.


    William D. Howells

  • The railway terminus will be odorous with garlic and the humanity of Italy.

    In Direst Peril

    David Christie Murray

  • The day came on—glorious, odorous, golden—but we saw little of its beauty.

  • It was enough to be seated here, close with her in the starry, odorous night.

    Major Vigoureux

    A. T. Quiller-Couch

British Dictionary definitions for odorous


  1. having or emitting a characteristic smell or odour
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Derived Formsodorously, adverbodorousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for odorous


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

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