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odour

[oh-der] /ˈoʊ dər/
noun, Chiefly British
1.
odor.
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Examples from the web for odour
  • Your socks will hold shape but not odour for the long haul.
  • The meteorite has always been known for its strong odour, presumably caused by the organic chemicals it contains.
  • On wet days there would be an unpleasant odour of dampness, an aroma of overcoats dried by body-heat.
  • Or rather, neither its odour nor its substance is likely to rise up in the faces of those poor overworked nurses.
  • The odour of polished wooden barriers and waxed floor.
  • Behind the building, the odour of coke and lubricant vanished.
  • Giselle, crouched docilely on the operating table, emitted an odour.
  • Every wisp of a spring poem has this odour of green things about it, this contagion of happy abandon.
  • The odour of the fruit could be so overpowering that he gags.
  • Commercial manufacturers see huge potential in clothes that glow, do not wrinkle or overcome body odour.
British Dictionary definitions for odour

odour

/ˈəʊdə/
noun
1.
the property of a substance that gives it a characteristic scent or smell
2.
a pervasive quality about something: an odour of dishonesty
3.
repute or regard (in the phrases in good odour, in bad odour)
Derived Forms
odourless, (US) odorless, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French odur, from Latin odor; related to Latin olēre to smell, Greek ōzein
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Word Origin and History for odour
n.

chiefly British English spelling of odor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or.

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Encyclopedia Article for odour

aroma

the property of certain substances, in very small concentrations, to stimulate chemical sense receptors that sample the air or water surrounding an animal. In insects and other invertebrates and in aquatic animals, the perception of small chemical concentrations often merges with perception via contact of heavy concentrations (taste), and with other chemoreceptive specializations. See also smell.

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