Both words seem to be defined as 'to smell'.

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I can explain the difference with a simple sentence: "Mi flaras la floron. La floro odoras bone."

flari: to sense a smell released by something with one's nose (the subject is a person)

odori: to release a certain smell, perceptible with one's nose (the subject is an object that releases the smell)

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    The same for taste. gustumi = taste, sample; gusti = taste, have a flavor. Mi gustumas la manĝaĵon. La manĝaĵo gustas bone, bongustas. – Joop Eggen Oct 23 at 14:08

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