odor·​if·​er·​ous | \ ˌō-də-ˈri-f(ə-)rəs How to pronounce odoriferous (audio) \

Definition of odoriferous

1 : yielding an odor : odorous
2 : morally offensive odoriferous legislation

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Other Words from odoriferous

odoriferously adverb
odoriferousness noun

Examples of odoriferous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The Lions are one of the league’s more odoriferous teams and, due to injuries to starter Matthew Stafford and backup Jeff Driskel, had undrafted rookie David Blough at quarterback. Bob Sansevere, Twin Cities, 8 Dec. 2019 The odoriferous offender is the manufacturer of inflation data, the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Andy Kessler, WSJ, 3 June 2018 In both trees, and in many other odoriferous species, the chemical source of the scent may be the same. C. Claiborne Ray, New York Times, 31 July 2017 Despite the infamous reputation of the spiky, odoriferous... Charles Passy, WSJ, 27 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of odoriferous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Odoriferous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odoriferous. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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

Medical Definition of odoriferous

: yielding an odor : odorous

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