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(chem) the group of atoms in an odorous molecule responsible for its odour


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    [oh-duh-rahyz] /ˈoʊ dəˌraɪz/ verb (used with object), odorized, odorizing. 1. to make ; add scent to: to odorize natural gas to make leaks detectable.

  • Odorless

    [oh-der] /ˈoʊ dər/ noun 1. the property of a substance that activates the sense of smell: to have an unpleasant odor. 2. a sensation perceived by the sense of smell; scent. 3. an agreeable scent; fragrance. 4. a disagreeable smell. 5. a quality or property characteristic or suggestive of something: An odor of suspicion surrounded […]

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    Exaggerated or hypocritical piety, an assumption of moral superiority, as in This candidate puts off some voters with his odor of sanctity. This expression, originating in the medieval idea that the dead body of a saintly individual gives off a sweet smell, was used to describe saintliness in the mid-1700s. Today it is generally used […]

  • Odorous

    [oh-der-uh s] /ˈoʊ dər əs/ adjective 1. . /ˈəʊdərəs/ adjective 1. having or emitting a characteristic smell or odour adj. “fragrant,” early 15c., from Medieval Latin odorosus, from Latin odorus “having a smell,” from odor (see odor).

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