One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having no smell; odourless.
unscented, unperfumed, deodorized, fragrance-freeView synonyms
- ‘A few do not exist ready formed in the plants, but result from chemical change of inodorous substances; as for instance, bitter almonds and essential oil of mustard.’
- ‘At one time, having amused himself by compounding from inodorous substances, a mixture of intolerable stench, he introduced it into a crowded apartment, and drove the company, half-poisoned by its terrible pungency, in all directions.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin inodorus, from in- ‘not’ + odorus ‘odorous’, or from in- ‘not’ + odorous.
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