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 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, "Traveling through the pandemic in the company of dogs," 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, "It may look like a wildflower, but 'stinknet' is a menace to native plants and people," 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, "Bob Sansevere: Vikings are good, but maybe not quite good enough," 8 Dec. 2019 The odoriferous offender is the manufacturer of inflation data, the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "The Canard About Falling Incomes," 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, "What Gives the Sycamore Its Smell?," 31 July 2017 Despite the infamous reputation of the spiky, odoriferous... Charles Passy, WSJ, "Chefs No Longer Turning Up Their Noses at Pungent Durian," 27 Jan. 2017 Periodic attempts to build canals around the waterfalls brought slow-moving, stagnant, odoriferous waters that seemed to symbolize the inertia of government. Adam Davidson, The New Yorker, "Draining the Swamp," 19 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 7 May. 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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