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[oh-der-uh s] /ˈoʊ dər əs/
Origin of odorous
1540-50; < Latin odōrus fragrant. See odor, -ous
Related forms
odorously, adverb
odorousness, odorosity
[oh-duh-ros-i-tee] /ˌoʊ dəˈrɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
nonodorous, adjective
nonodorously, adverb
nonodorousness, noun
preodorous, adjective
unodorous, adjective
unodorously, adverb
unodorousness, noun
Can be confused
odious, odorous. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for odorous
Historical Examples
  • At last he had her cornered, and the specter was caught behind a curtain of odorous fumes.

    Humorous Ghost Stories Dorothy Scarborough
  • He pushed it open, and stepped into the odorous darkness of its interior.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • The dinner-table had been set out of doors, underneath the odorous cedar-tree.

    The Evil Shepherd E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • It is in the brain that the poppy is red, that the apple is odorous, that the skylark sings.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • The odorous breeze, scented with honeyed clover and the perfume of roses, grew languid in its sweetness, and presently died away.

    Bee and Butterfly Lucy Foster Madison
  • Mutely together they moved through the lonesome, odorous twilight.

    Poems William D. Howells
  • Dozens of smaller ones grew on every side, and many of these were covered with the odorous green mantle of the wild grapevine.

    A Maid of the Kentucky Hills Edwin Carlile Litsey
  • The railway terminus will be odorous with garlic and the humanity of Italy.

    In Direst Peril David Christie Murray
  • He grasped the fish and tore it, pushing frantically at his own body with the now-rancid, scaly, odorous mass.

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

British Dictionary definitions for odorous


having or emitting a characteristic smell or odour
Derived Forms
odorously, adverb
odorousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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