Origin of odoriferousMiddle English from Classical Latin odorifer: see odor and -ferous
Having or giving off an odor, especially a strong or unpleasant one: an odoriferous bag of garbage.
- The civets, being celebrated for their odoriferous secretion, are likely animals to have been naturalized.
- To allure and attract them to visit the flower the odoriferous secretions and gay colours are developed, and the position and complicated structure of the parts of the flower are adapted to the perfect performance of the process, It is comparatively rare in hermaphrodite flowers for self-fertilization to occur, and the various forms of dichogamy, dimorphism and trimorphism are fitted to prevent this.
- The process is based on the principle that whilst the odoriferous substances are insoluble in water, their vapour tension is reduced on being treated with steam so that they are carried over by a current of steam.
- The process of enfleurage is used in those cases where the odoriferous substance is present to a very small extent, and is so tender and liable to deterioration that it cannot be separated by way of distillation.
- These researches incidentally solved the constitution of coumarin, the odoriferous principle of woodruff.