odor

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From Middle English odour, a borrowing from Anglo-Norman odour, from Old French odor, from Latin odor.

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odor ‎(countable and uncountable, plural odors)

  1. Any smell, whether fragrant or offensive; scent; perfume.
    • 1895, H. G. Wells, The Time Machine Chapter X
      Now, I still think that for this box of matches to have escaped the wear of time for immemorial years was a strange, and for me, a most fortunate thing. Yet oddly enough I found here a far more unlikely substance, and that was camphor. I found it in a sealed jar, that, by chance, I supposed had been really hermetically sealed. I fancied at first the stuff was paraffin wax, and smashed the jar accordingly. But the odour of camphor was unmistakable.
  2. (figuratively) A strong, pervasive quality.
  3. (figuratively, uncountable) Esteem; repute.

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In the United States, the term "odor" often has a negative connotation. Preferred terms for a pleasant odor are "fragrance", "scent", or "aroma".

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Noun[edit]

odor m ‎(invariable)

  1. apocopic form of odore

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Latin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Via rhotacism from Old Latin odōs (plural: odōses), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃ed-.

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Noun[edit]

odor m ‎(genitive odōris); third declension

  1. A smell, perfume, stench.
  2. (figuratively) Inkling, suggestion.

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Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative odor odōrēs
genitive odōris odōrum
dative odōrī odōribus
accusative odōrem odōrēs
ablative odōre odōribus
vocative odor odōrēs

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References[edit]

  • odor in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • odor in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • ODOR in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • odor in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • with incense and perfumes: ture et odoribus incensis
    • the perfume exhaled by flowers: odores, qui efflantur e floribus
    • there are whispers of the appointment of a dictator: non nullus odor est dictaturae (Att. 4. 18)

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Portuguese odor (displacing collateral form olor), from Latin odor, odōris, from Old Latin odōs, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃ed- ‎(to smell, stink).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /ɔ.ˈðoɾ/, /o.ˈðoɾ/, /u.ˈðoɾ/
  • Hyphenation: o‧dor

Noun[edit]

odor m (plural odores)

  1. odour; smell

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Venetian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin odor, odōrem. Compare Italian odore.

Noun[edit]

odor m (plural odori) or odor m (plural oduri)

  1. smell, stink