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

Definition of odorous

: having an odor: such as
a : fragrant

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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First Known Use of odorous

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Odorous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odorous. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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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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