Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having a distinctive odor: odorous jasmine flowers; odorous garbage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a distinctive odor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having or emitting an odor or scent, esp. a sweet odor; fragrant; sweet-smelling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having or emitting an odor; sweet of scent; fragrant: as, odorous substances.
  • Synonyms Balmy, aromatic, perfumed, sweet-scented, odoriferous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a natural fragrance
  • adj. emitting an odor
  • adj. having odor or a characteristic odor

Etymologies

odor +‎ -ous (Wiktionary)

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  • Give me nights perfectly quiet as on high plateaus west of the Mississippi, and I am looking up at the stars,
    Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.

    - Walt Whitman, 'Give Me The Splendid Silent Sun'.

    November 17, 2008

  • Bzuh? is inseparable from its question mark. It saddens me that whenever I try to list it, Wordie goes all 500 Application Error on me. Oh, well.

    July 25, 2008

  • Right. Ours is but to list or die.

    Why did you not add bzuh? That's teh alsome.

    July 25, 2008

  • Weirdnet is capricious, Mia. Ours is not to reason why.

    July 25, 2008

  • (psst, mia: "did they really HAVE to list...") :-)

    July 25, 2008

  • I prefer "smelling of rain on warm hay..." Eh?

    July 25, 2008

  • Wow. Did they really have to list all those smells? They forgot to include hundreds of thousands of others. Why is "smelling of tansy" more important than, say, "smelling of rain on warm asphalt"? Bzuh?

    Edited. Thanks, Dontcry! :)

    July 25, 2008

  • We say "odiforous" in our house. Usually after someone has just come from the barn, or cleaned out from under the bed (monsters are stinky), or taken off their baseball shirt, or cut the cheese, or....

    NOW do you understand my fondness for The Porch? Join me, won't you?

    July 25, 2008

  • I especially like the inclusion of tansy and balsam resin.

    July 25, 2008

  • The Weirdnet entry here is rather peculiar.

    July 25, 2008