odor·​if·​er·​ous ˌō-də-ˈri-f(ə-)rəs How to pronounce odoriferous (audio)
: yielding an odor : odorous
: morally offensive
odoriferous legislation
odoriferously adverb
odoriferousness noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Since that odoriferous eureka moment, Turin has been gathering experimental evidence to support the idea, collaborating with Horsfield to work out the theoretical details. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, 24 Oct. 2018 While the social significance of flatus derives mainly from its odour, previous studies have focused on the non-odoriferous components of rectal gas. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 14 Jan. 2010 There are many anecdotal examples, but the odoriferous durian fruit, banned in some public places in Asia, comes to mind. Terry Ward, CNN, 19 Oct. 2022 Medea’s odoriferous potions and Canidia’s fragrant spells resemble ordinary women’s perfumes, but exaggerated to supernatural levels. Britta Ager, The Conversation, 20 Oct. 2021 Today Brad and Ayesha sample 7 kinds of tropical fruit, from cracking open coconuts and odoriferous durian to tackling dragon fruit and an African kiwano. Mike Rose, cleveland, 13 Sep. 2021 That odoriferous predator, Pepe Le Pew, becomes just one more casualty in the culture wars. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2021 Dogs become extensions of ourselves, with their acute hearing and especially keen noses expanding our field of perception from the visual world to the odoriferous. Washington Post, 18 Dec. 2020 Quiroz said her alliance recognizes that chemicals will have to be used to win the war against the odoriferous plant invader. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, 26 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of odoriferous was in the 15th century

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“Odoriferous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odoriferous. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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odor·​if·​er·​ous ˌōd-ə-ˈrif-(ə-)rəs How to pronounce odoriferous (audio)

Medical Definition


odor·​if·​er·​ous ˌōd-ə-ˈrif-(ə-)rəs How to pronounce odoriferous (audio)
: yielding an odor : odorous

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