redolent


aromatic

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

“It is hoped they will recreate scents that mimic the chemical and manufacturing processes REDOLENT of the Industrial Revolution.”

BBC NEWS - University smells project to recreate historic industrial and perfumed aromas

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redolent
adjective

- smelling strongly of something or having qualities (especially smells) that make you think of something else

Cambridge Dictionary


ORIGIN

c. 1400, of flowers, food, etc., “having or diffusing a fresh and sweet scent,” from Old French redolent “emitting an odor” and directly from Latin redolentem “emit a scent, diffuse odor”, from red- + olere “give off a smell”.

The meaning “odorous or smelling” of (or with) something was in use by 1700.


SMELLING MR JOHNSON

As the  great lexicographer Samuel Johnson paused to rest on a London park bench one hot summer’s day, his profuse sweating caused a young woman sitting next to him to exclaim:

“Sir! You smell.”

‘’No, Madam,’’ he replied, ‘’You smell, I stink.’’

Dr. Johnson was taking delight at pointing out the grammatical ambiguity of a verb both transitive and intransitive.


SYNONYMS (for nice smells)

ambrosian, aromatic, balmy, flowery, fragrant, heady, honeyed, mellow, perfumed, scented, scent-laden, sweetly perfumed, sweet-scented, musky, woodsy


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