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olfactory

[ol-fak-tuh-ree, -tree, ohl-] /ɒlˈfæk tə ri, -tri, oʊl-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the sense of smell:
olfactory organs.
noun, plural olfactories.
2.
Usually, olfactories. an olfactory organ.
Origin of olfactory
1650-1660
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.
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Examples from the Web for olfactory
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  • Do odors impress some olfactory centre with images of the thing emitting them?

    The Damned Thing Ambrose Bierce
  • A strong odour of tobacco was wafted to his olfactory sense.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I do not know, although I assert that they are not olfactory organs.

    The Mason-bees J. Henri Fabre
  • The brain proper, from which arise only the olfactory and optic nerves.

    The Origin of Vertebrates Walter Holbrook Gaskell
  • What, then, represents the olfactory antenn in the scorpions?

    The Origin of Vertebrates Walter Holbrook Gaskell
  • Their olfactory passage, like that of the Palostraca, must have been ventral.

    The Origin of Vertebrates Walter Holbrook Gaskell
  • The olfactory nerve of the nation never scented their existence.

British Dictionary definitions for olfactory

olfactory

/ɒlˈfæktərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the sense of smell
noun (pl) -ries
2.
(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 olfactory
adj.

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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olfactory in Medicine

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

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

A descriptive term for the sense of smell.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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