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

Definition of odorous

: having an odor: such as

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web This ride must be demolished immediately, and replaced with one where kids pack into buses and take 45 minutes to go half a mile while averting their face from the prominently odorous armpit of an adjacent straphanger. James Lileks, National Review, "Complainerland," 24 Oct. 2019 Look out for odorous or murky waters to avoid the toxic algae. Catherine Kim, Vox, "Vox Sentences: All flights canceled," 14 Aug. 2019 This tiny world of sweat, bacteria, and odorous compounds then transfers to our clothing. Alden Wicker, Vox, "Clothing you don’t have to wash, explained," 15 July 2019 This is the first time that it’s been shown in a published study that humans do emit some odorous chemicals during epileptic seizures, ones that dogs can pick up on. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "Dogs can detect an odor humans emit during epileptic seizures," 28 Mar. 2019 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

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First Known Use of odorous

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Odorous.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odorous. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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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