odor·​ous | \ ˈō-də-rəs How to pronounce odorous (audio) \

Definition of odorous

: having an odor: such as
a : fragrant

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Other Words from odorous

odorously adverb
odorousness noun

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odorous, fragrant, redolent, aromatic mean emitting and diffusing scent. odorous applies to whatever has a strong distinctive smell whether pleasant or unpleasant. odorous cheeses should be tightly wrapped fragrant applies to things (such as flowers or spices) with sweet or agreeable odors. a fragrant rose redolent applies usually to a place or thing impregnated with odors. the kitchen was redolent of garlic and tomatoes aromatic applies to things emitting pungent often fresh odors. an aromatic blend of tobaccos

Examples of odorous in a Sentence

Odorous cheeses need to be tightly wrapped.

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Everyone knew that taking Kemp was going to be the necessary, odorous part of the deal. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Here's why the Cincinnati Reds' deal for Yasiel Puig was not bad," 8 June 2019 For years, discolored and odorous water occasionally came out of Martha Barajas’ faucets. Angel Jennings, latimes.com, "Fake-out in Compton? Brown, smelly water sparks concerns and allegations of a political ruse," 20 June 2018 The most pervasive of these include pavement ants, Argentine ants, odorous house ants and carpenter ants. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Ants," 9 May 2018 Getting down to the city, where crowds are expected to swell beyond 100,000 to see a potentially hungover Alex Ovechkin and company, seemed like an odorous task to some who would normally drive. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore-area fans flood Penn Station to ride down to Capitals' victory parade," 12 June 2018 The most pervasive of these include pavement ants, Argentine ants, odorous house ants and carpenter ants. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Ants," 9 May 2018 Fish Emulsion This liquid fertilizer is very fast-acting (and can be quite odorous!). Beth Hanson, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthier Crops Using These Natural Nitrogen Sources," 24 Aug. 2015 The odorous gas is what gives rotten eggs - and human flatulence - their distinctive and unpleasant smell. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Planet Uranus smells of flatulence, rotten eggs, scientists say," 24 Apr. 2018 Heimerl believes Morrow may have been renting the unit to keep odorous chemicals from his apartment. Marwa Eltagouri, chicagotribune.com, "Wisconsin man who blew himself up might have been white supremacist making ISIS-style bombs," 14 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of odorous

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of odorous

technical + formal : having a strong smell


odor·​ous | \ ˈōd-ə-rəs How to pronounce odorous (audio) \

Medical Definition of odorous

: having an odor: as
a : having a sweet or pleasant odor
b : having a bad odor

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