odif·​er·​ous ō-ˈdi-f(ə-)rəs How to pronounce odiferous (audio)

Examples of odiferous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These processes produce odiferous compounds like hydrogen sulfide and methyl mercapatan that foul our breath. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Feb. 2024 In early September, Bangkok witnessed an odiferous spectacle. Tamara Loos, Foreign Affairs, 26 Sep. 2023 The nonprofit group Friends of the Columbia Gorge, which had been flooded with donations and offers of help, organized hundreds of volunteers to uproot exotic, fast-growing plant species such as Himalayan blackberry, English ivy, and an odiferous European geranium known as Stinky Bob. Michelle Nijhuis, The New Yorker, 20 Oct. 2020 Call it odiferous mimicry. Discover Magazine, 29 June 2010 Morales’ wife thoroughly cleans the odiferous tripe to remove any undesired smell. Cesar Hernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Apr. 2023 Anyone tempted by Cook’s description of penguin as an odiferous mix of beef, cod, and duck may be disappointed to know what eating such a creature, or any creature in the Antarctic, is now strictly prohibited by the Antarctic Treaty System. Sarah Zhang, Discover Magazine, 2 Feb. 2012 This odiferous cocktail, Petro-Eschler said, generates its share of constituent complaints. Holly Mullen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Sep. 2022 His owner brought over a plate of very odiferous tuna. Shirley MacFarland, cleveland, 14 Sep. 2022

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by contraction

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of odiferous was in the 15th century

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“Odiferous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odiferous. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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