olfactory

[ol-fak-tuh-ree, -tree, ohl-]
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adjective

of or relating to the sense of smell: olfactory organs.

noun, plural ol·fac·to·ries.

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 formsol·fac·to·ri·ly, adverbnon·ol·fac·to·ry, adjective, noun, plural non·ol·fac·to·ries.
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British Dictionary definitions for olfactories

olfactory

adjective

of or relating to the sense of smell

noun plural -ries

(usually plural) an organ or nerve concerned with the sense of smell

Word Origin for olfactory

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

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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olfactories in Medicine

olfactory

[ŏl-făktə-rē, -trē, ōl-]

adj.

Of, relating to, or contributing to the sense of smell.
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olfactories in Science

olfactory

[ŏl-făktə-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.

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