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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English redolent (first attested in 1400), from Old French redolent, from Latin redolentem, present participle of redoleō (I emit a scent), from red- + oleō (I smell).

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redolent (comparative more redolent, superlative most redolent)

  1. Fragrant or aromatic; having a sweet scent.
  2. Having the smell of the article in question.
  3. (idiomatic) Suggestive or reminiscent.
    • 1919, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, A vision:
      But forth from sweat-shops, tenement and prison
      Wailed minor protests, redolent with pain.
    • 1926, H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu:
      He said that the geometry of the dream-place he saw was abnormal, non-Euclidean, and loathsomely redolent of spheres and dimensions apart from ours.

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redolent

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of redoleō : 'they smell' ( - intransitive - i.e. 'they emit / diffuse an odour' ).