odorous
adjective Date: 15th century having an odor: as a. fragrant b. malodorousodorously adverbodorousness noun Synonyms: 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 (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
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • odorous — [ō′dər əs] adj. having a pronounced odor odorously adv. odorousness n …   English World dictionary

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  • odorous — odour (US odor) ► NOUN 1) a distinctive smell. 2) a lingering quality or impression. ● be in good (or bad) odour Cf. ↑be in good odour DERIVATIVES odorous adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • odorous — odorously, adv. odorousness, odorosity /oh deuh ros i tee/, n. /oh deuhr euhs/, adj. odoriferous. [1540 50; < L odorus fragrant. See ODOR, OUS] * * * …   Universalium

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