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odoriferous adj
1 morally offensive; "odoriferous legislation"
2 giving off an odor; "the odoriferous elements in perfume"
3 emitting an odor; "odoriferous blossoms"; "odorous salt pork and weevily hardtack" [syn: odorous]
4 having a natural fragrance; "odoriferous spices"; "the odorous air of the orchard"; "the perfumed air of June"; "scented flowers" [syn: odorous, perfumed, scented, sweet, sweet-scented, sweet-smelling]

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  1. Having an odor or fragrance.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 77,
      The tun of the whale contains by far the most precious of all his oily vintages; namely, the highly-prized spermaceti, in its absolutely pure, limpid, and odoriferous state.


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