odorous [adj] having fragrance aromatic, balmy, dank, effluvious, fetid, flavorsome, flowery, foul, fragrant, heady, honeyed, loud, malodorous, mephitic, miasmic, moldy, musty, nauseous, odoriferant, odoriferous, offensive, olfactive, olfactory, perfumatory, perfumed, perfumy, pungent, putrid, redolent, reeking, rotten, savorous, savory, scented, scentful, scent-laden, skunky*, smelly, spicy, stagnant, stale, stinking, strong, sweet, sweet-scented, sweet-smelling, tumaceous, unsavory, whiffy*; concept 598 —Ant. odorless

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  • odorous — odorous, fragrant, redolent, aromatic, balmy mean emitting and diffusing scent. Odorous applies to whatever has a strong, distinctive smell, whether it is pleasant or not {odorous flowers such as lilies, tuberoses, and narcissuses} {odorous… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Odorous — O dor*ous, a. [Written also {odourous}.] [L. odorus, fr. odor odor: cf. OF. odoros, odoreux.] Having or emitting an odor or scent, esp. a sweet odor; fragrant; sweet smelling. Odorous bloom. Keble. [1913 Webster] Such fragrant flowers do give… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • odorous — (adj.) fragrant, 1540s, from M.L. odorosus, from L. odorus having a smell, from odor (see ODOR (Cf. odor)) …   Etymology dictionary

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

  • odorous — adjective Date: 15th century having an odor: as a. fragrant b. malodorous • odorously adverb • odorousness noun Synonyms: odorous, fragrant, redolent, aromatic mean emitting and diffusing scent. odorous applies …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • odorous — adjective Having a distinctive odor. The table was piled with odorous lilies. Syn: odoriferous …   Wiktionary

  • odorous — See odorous, malodorous …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • odorous — o|do|rous [ˈəudərəs US ˈou ] adj literary or technical having a smell ▪ odorous gases …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 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, malodorous — Odorous means having, yielding, or diffusing an odor (that property of something which affects the sense of smell). Odorous usually implies a fragrant or pleasant smell; the word odor normally refers to a bad or unpleasant smell or scent: The air …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

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