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smelling bottle

a small bottle or vial for holding smelling salts or perfume.
Origin of smelling bottle
First recorded in 1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Here are Eau de Cologne, violet soap, and watch-ribbons; a smelling bottle of Ems crystal; a snuff-box of fig-tree wood.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Nor did she run to hold a smelling bottle, or to raise her head.

    A Simple Story Mrs. Inchbald
  • Here little Pet exhibited signs of faintness, which good Mrs. Crull stopped by an instant application of the smelling bottle.

    Round the Block John Bell Bouton
  • Miss Watling ran upstairs for her smelling bottle, thinking that the good woman was going to faint.

    The World Before Them Susanna Moodie
  • The sight of her mother brought Mrs. Wimbush round quicker than any smelling bottle could have done.

  • Having applied a smelling bottle to her nose, the blood began to revisit her cheeks, and she opened her eyes; but, good heaven!

  • Sir John, consummate tourist that he was, always carried a lancet and a smelling bottle in his pocket.

    The Companions of Jehu Alexandre Dumas, pre
  • I could not help smiling, but I instantly offered her a smelling bottle.

  • He caught sight of the smelling bottle which Lucy had already used so often.

  • The old woman supplies a smelling bottle; they come to themselves and recover their speech.

    Candide Voltaire

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