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[ol-fak-tuh-ree, -tree, ohl-] /ɒlˈfæk tə ri, -tri, oʊl-/
of or relating to the sense of smell:
olfactory organs.
noun, plural olfactories.
Usually, olfactories. an olfactory organ.
Origin of olfactory
1650-60; < Latin olfactōrius, equivalent to olfac(ere) to smell at, sniff (ol(ēre) to smell (akin to odor) + facere to make, do) + -tōrius -tory1
Related forms
olfactorily, adverb
nonolfactory, adjective, noun, plural nonolfactories. Unabridged
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  • As you convey luscious spoonfuls to your mouth, another aroma greets your olfactories: it is the fumes of coffee.

  • The nose is the point of attack; he would slay you through your olfactories.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • Your Woods Indian is always sniffing, always testing the impressions of other senses by his olfactories.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • When passing the hive our olfactories are saluted with a nauseous effluvia, arising from this corrupting mass.

  • The water, owing to causes to which I have already alluded, was exceedingly offensive to the palate and the olfactories.

    Jack in the Forecastle John Sherburne Sleeper
  • Particles of escaping tobacco dust float in the air and tickle our olfactories.

  • The whole family of Frys, for instance, except a gentleman I once knew of that name, are odious to my olfactories.

    Ginger-Snaps Fanny Fern
  • The whole process of rendering menhaden into oil is less offensive to the olfactories than might be supposed.

  • I acknowledge that I am often guided by my olfactories in doing things that seem so very unaccountable to my friends.

    The World As I Have Found It Mary L. Day Arms
  • He scented a trade afar off, and his organs of taste, sympathizing with his olfactories, gave out that token of satisfaction.

British Dictionary definitions for olfactories


/ɒlˈfæktərɪ; -trɪ/
of or relating to the sense of smell
noun (pl) -ries
(usually pl) an organ or nerve concerned with the sense of smell
Word Origin
C17: from Latin olfactus, past participle of olfacere, from olere to smell + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for olfactories



1650s, from Latin olfactorius, from olfact-, past participle stem of olfacere "to get the smell of, sniff," from olere "emit a smell, give off a smell of" (see odor) + facere "make" (see factitious).

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olfactories in Medicine

olfactory ol·fac·to·ry (ŏl-fāk'tə-rē, -trē, ōl-)
Of, relating to, or contributing to the sense of smell.

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olfactories in Science
  (ŏl-fāk'tə-rē, ōl-)   
Relating to or involving the organs or sense of smell.
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olfactories in Culture
olfactory [(ol-fak-tuh-ree, ohl-fak-tuh-ree)]

A descriptive term for the sense of smell.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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