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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
  • What you're doing is essentially dissecting the odorous image, he says.
  • Feedlot performance and odorous compound production.
  • Digester supernatant from partially stabilized sludge is odorous.
  • These odorous compounds may be the consequence of microbial metabolism, and the microbes may be toxic themselves.
  • Body odorous substances fall into the category of such substances.
  • odorous gases from gas separators and thickeners were burned in the boilers or in incinerators.
British Dictionary definitions for odorous


having or emitting a characteristic smell or odour
Derived Forms
odorously, adverb
odorousness, 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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