[ol-fak-tuh-ree, -tree, ohl-]
- of or relating to the sense of smell: olfactory organs.
- Usually olfactories. an olfactory organ.
- olfactory nerve.
Origin of olfactory
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Examples from the Web for olfactory
Olfactory art, Burr admits, has been “completely and aggressively and successfully colonized by commercial interests.”
And then there are all the “olfactory landmarks” that live with us day to day, in laundry soaps and baby powder and new cars.
Our olfactory systems have long regarded pungency as not just innocuous but in fact pleasing.Why We Love Stinky Cheese
January 14, 2010
Do odors impress some olfactory centre with images of the thing emitting them?The Damned Thing
A strong odour of tobacco was wafted to his olfactory sense.My Novel, Complete
I do not know, although I assert that they are not olfactory organs.The Mason-bees
J. Henri Fabre
Their olfactory passage, like that of the Palostraca, must have been ventral.
The brain proper, from which arise only the olfactory and optic nerves.
- of or relating to the sense of smell
- (usually plural) an organ or nerve concerned with the sense of smell
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
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(ŏl-făk′tə-rē, -trē, ōl-)
- Of, relating to, or contributing to the sense of smell.
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- Relating to or involving the organs or sense of smell.
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A descriptive term for the sense of smell.
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