adjective Date: 15th century 1. yielding an odor ; odorous 2. morally offensive <
odoriferous legislation
odoriferously adverbodoriferousness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Odoriferous — O dor*if er*ous, a. [L. odorifer; odor odor + ferre to bear. See {Odoe}, and 1st {Bear}.] Bearing or yielding an odor; perfumed; usually, sweet of scent; fragrant; as, odoriferous spices, particles, fumes, breezes. Milton. [1913 Webster] {O… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • odoriferous — (adj.) early 15c., that has a scent, with OUS (Cf. ous) + L. odorifer odoriferous, fragrant, lit. bearing odor, from odor (see ODOR (Cf. odor)) + ferre to bear, carry (see INFER (Cf. infer)). Usually in a positive sense …   Etymology dictionary

  • odoriferous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having an odour. ORIGIN from Latin odorifer odour bearing …   English terms dictionary

  • odoriferous — [ō΄dər if′ər əs] adj. [ME < L odorifer: see ODOR & FEROUS] giving off an odor, now often, specif., a strong or offensive one odoriferously adv …   English World dictionary

  • odoriferous — adjective Having an odor or fragrance. The tun of the whale contains by far the most precious of all his oily vintages; namely, the highly prized spermaceti, in its absolutely pure, limpid, and odoriferous state. Syn: odorous …   Wiktionary

  • odoriferous — odoriferously, adv. odoriferousness, odoriferosity /oh deuh rif euh ros i tee/, n. /oh deuh rif euhr euhs/, adj. yielding or diffusing an odor. [1425 75; late ME < ML odoriferus smelling of (something), equiv. to odor ODOR + i I + ferus FEROUS]… …   Universalium

  • odoriferous — Having a scent, perfume, or odor. SYN: odorous. [odor + L. fero, to bear] * * * odor·if·er·ous .ōd ə rif (ə )rəs adj yielding an odor: ODOROUS * * * odor·if·er·ous (o″dər ifґər əs) [odor + ferous] fragrant; emitting an odor …   Medical dictionary

  • odoriferous — o|do|rif|er|ous [ˌəudərˈıfərəs US ˌou ] adj old fashioned [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: odorifer carrying a smell ] ↑odorous …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • odoriferous — o|dor|if|er|ous [ ,oudə rıf(ə)rəs ] adjective LITERARY with a strong smell …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • odoriferous —   …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

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