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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
body odour
lingering smell/aroma/odour
▪ the lingering aroma of chocolate
pungent smell/aroma/odour etc
▪ the pungent odour of garlic
rank smell/odour
▪ the rank odour of sweat and urine
▪ They couldn't detect the smell of cocaine through the more pungent odour of coffee.
▪ The room smelt stale and musty with the pungent odour of the fat tallow candles placed on the desk.
▪ A strong odour of curry predominated.
▪ The stewardess came down the aisle, a big-breasted young woman exuding a strong odour of perspiration.
▪ There was an unpleasant odour blowing along our road all next day.
▪ Local authorities in industrial Teesside received many complaints about an unpleasant odour resembling decaying fish.
Body odour Like halitosis, body odour can be extremely unpleasant and embarrassing.
▪ Aroma preference is also largely influenced by our body odour.
▪ So, it could be goodbye to body odour - but only in the right room.
▪ While on the subject of body odour, during the sixteenth century, valerian was a popular perfume.
▪ If you suffer from body odour, the first thing you need to do is control your sweating.
▪ After reports of Keanu's personal hygiene problem, much star bitching now focuses on body odour.
▪ This crust prevents odours escaping and hence reduces odour emission.
▪ The survey also provided information as to the types of development most likely to be refused planning permission due to anticipated odour emission.
▪ It is an invaluable source of information to those attempting to prevent or seeking to abate odour problems.
▪ We immediately noticed the heavy odour of opium in the room.
▪ And the odour can be carried as much as a mile away if the wind is blowing in that direction.
▪ But the odour of the colourless liquid was of bitter almonds, acrid and terrifying.
▪ Consequently, the more odorous molecules adsorbed, the more the odour is removed.
▪ However, conditions may be attached to any site licence which may have the effect of preventing any odour pollution from arising.
▪ I felt the shock of the old, of the Mummy smell, the atomised odour of atavism.
▪ It smelt not only of mud and rotting materials, but also the unmistakable odour of human waste.
▪ Left untreated, the disease produces massive skin folds, fissures and a weeping cauliflower surface that produces a terrible odour.
▪ Von Frisch did not doubt the odour theory of how honeybees find food until the 1940s.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Odor \O"dor\ ([=o]"d[~e]r), n. [OE. odor, odour, OF. odor, odour, F. odeur, fr. L. odor; akin to olere to smell, Gr. 'o`zein, Lith. [*u]sti. Cf. Olfactory, Osmium, Ozone, Redolent.] [Written also odour.] Any smell, whether fragrant or offensive; scent; perfume.

Meseemed I smelt a garden of sweet flowers, That dainty odors from them threw around.

To be in bad odor, to be out of favor, or in bad repute.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

chiefly British English spelling of odor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or.


n. 1 Any smell, whether fragrant or offensive; scent; perfume. 2 (context now rare English) Something which produces a scent; incense, a perfume.

  1. n. the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form; "she loved the smell of roses" [syn: smell, odor, olfactory sensation, olfactory perception]

  2. any property detected by the olfactory system [syn: olfactory property, smell, aroma, odor, scent]

Usage examples of "odour".

The root when incised secretes from its wounded bark a yellow juice of a narcotic odour and acrid taste.

Incidentally, as a quaint but effective remedy for carious toothache, may be mentioned the common lady bird insect, Coccinella, which when captured secretes from its legs a yellow acrid fluid having a disagreeable odour.

The shrub is a native of southern Europe, being a small evergreen plant, the twigs of which are densely covered with little leaves in four rows, having a strong, peculiar, unpleasant odour of turpentine, with a bitter, acrid, resinous taste.

Xylomelum pyriforme or native pear trees with their wooden fruit and unpleasant odour, and the Goodenia ovata with its dark serrated leaves and yellow flowers and the Pittosporum and Sassafras were all clasped together and held close by native jasmine, and up through it all the cabbage and bangalow palms and the Eucalyptus microcorys or tallow wood and the Swamp Mahogany or robusta of the eucalyptus genus stood into the humid air.

Despite the odour of putrefaction, Bas was pacing along the curving length of the dead reptile.

And when he had passed out of the province of Tetuan into the bashalic of El Kasar, the bareheaded country-people of the valley of the Koos hastened before him to the Kaid of that grey town of bricks and storks and palm-trees and evil odours, and the Kaid, with another notion of his errand, came to the tumble-down bridge to meet him on his approach in the early morning.

With a grunt, he went through to the grog-shop, whence were borne odours of sausage, ale, wine, tar and sweat on gusts of argument, laughter, bawdry and alleged song.

The richness of our linguistic recall may be biologically no more mysterious than the capacity of a homing pigeon to navigate precisely over hundreds of kilometres or a dog to distinguish and remember thousands of different odours at almost infinitesimally low concentration.

The fresh tops have a balsamic odour, and a carminative, bitterish taste.

It has no odour, but gives a bitterish taste which lasts in the mouth.

Its leaves and tops have a strong aromatic odour, and a penetrating warms bitterish taste which is rather nauseous.

The fresh plant and the dark yellow flowers have an odour like that of the Water-cress, and its bruised leaves emit a pungent smell.

But when bruised they develop a very active, pungent, and highly stimulative principle with a powerful penetrating odour which makes the eyes water.

The fresh herb has a strong pungent odour when bruised, and a warm bitter taste.

The lesser Calamint is a variety of the herb possessing almost superior virtues, with a stronger odour resembling that of Pennyroyal.