I would like to know how to name different smells in Spanish. In English, for example, we have adjectives like smelly, fishy, sweet, disgusting, stinky, rotten,etc (actually mainly for bad smells).

How do Spanish speakers, particularly those from Latin America do this for pleasant and unpleasant smells?

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Well, first of all, this could be an issue where you'll find quite a few differences among countries, or even regions inside a same country.

The words I know for what you are looking for are:

  • Pleasant smells:
    • "Oloroso"
  • Unpleasant smells:
    • "Hediondo"
    • "Maloliente"
    • "Apestoso"

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