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.
Recent Examples on the Web Terrible smells even intruded when nothing odorous was around. New York Times, "What Can Covid-19 Teach Us About the Mysteries of Smell?," 28 Jan. 2021 Fumes: Sewage gasses are odorous, unhealthy and potentially flammable. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, "4 home repair projects that are best left to the pros," 15 Dec. 2020 There’s one particularly odorous form of animal excrement that links the manure millennia with the synthetics centuries. Harold Mcgee, Wired, "The History of Poop Is Really the History of Technology," 6 Nov. 2020 On what terrestrial planet did researchers recently detect phosphine, a toxic and odorous gas that's produced by bacteria on Earth? CNN, "CNN 10 - September 18, 2020," 17 Sep. 2020 Maybe now is not a good time to crank up your riding tractor or spread that odorous cow manure in your garden. Patricia S York, Southern Living, "6 Rules of Yard Etiquette That Southern Neighbors Always Appreciate," 17 Apr. 2020 Here’s info about odorous house ants and their management from Penn State. oregonlive, "Tiny black ants invading your home? Ask an expert," 11 Apr. 2020 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

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First Known Use of odorous

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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10 Feb 2021

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“Odorous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odorous. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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