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redolent adj
1 serving to bring to mind; "cannot forbear to close on this redolent literary note"- Wilder Hobson; "a campaign redolent of machine politics" [syn: evocative, redolent of(p), remindful, reminiscent, reminiscent of(p)]
2 (used with `of' or `with') noticeably odorous; "the hall was redolent of floor wax"; "air redolent with the fumes of beer and whiskey" [syn: redolent(p), smelling(p)]
3 having a strong distinctive fragrance; "the pine woods were more redolent"- Jean Stafford [syn: aromatic]

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First attested in 1400. From redolent < redolentem, present participle of redoleo < re- + oleo.


  • a RP /ˈrɛd.əl.ənt/|/ˈrɛd.əʊ.lənt/, /"rEd.@l.@nt/, /"rEd.@U.l@nt/
  • a US /ˈrɛd.əl.ənt/, /"rEd.@l.@nt/


  1. fragrant or aromatic, having a sweet scent.
  2. Having the smell of.
  3. suggestive or reminiscent.


fragrant or aromatic
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