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[oh-duh-rif-er-uh s] /ˌoʊ dəˈrɪf ər əs/
yielding or diffusing an odor.
Origin of odoriferous
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin odōriferus smelling of (something), equivalent to odōr- odor + -i- -i- + -ferus -ferous
Related forms
odoriferously, adverb
odoriferousness, odoriferosity
[oh-duh-rif-uh-ros-i-tee] /ˌoʊ dəˌrɪf əˈrɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
nonodoriferous, adjective
nonodoriferously, adverb
nonodoriferousness, noun
unodoriferous, adjective
unodoriferously, adverb
unodoriferousness, noun
Can be confused
malodorous, odious, odoriferous, odorous, smelly, stinky.
odorous, fragrant, aromatic, perfumed, redolent. Unabridged
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  • We humans are incredibly demanding because of our hunger and thirst-and the messy, odoriferous products of our satiety.
  • Now researchers have revealed a new system to bring some order to this odoriferous business.
  • Thus, the sorbent must be able to sorb an odoriferous compound when it is present in even trace amounts.
  • The perception of odor is a physio-psychological response to the inhalation of an odoriferous chemical substance.
  • All visually stained or odoriferous soils were removed during the construction remedial action.
British Dictionary definitions for odoriferous


having or emitting an odour, esp a fragrant one
Derived Forms
odoriferously, adverb
odoriferousness, 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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