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[oh-duh-rif-er-uh s] /ˌoʊ dəˈrɪf ər əs/

yielding or diffusing an .
having or emitting an odour, esp a fragrant one

early 15c., “that has a scent,” with -ous + Latin odorifer “spreading odor, fragrant,” literally “bearing odor,” from odor (see odor) + ferre “to bear, carry” (see infer). Usually in a positive sense.


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