[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 olfactories
The nose is the point of attack; he would slay you through your olfactories.In the Open
Stanton Davis Kirkham
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
If he will not do this, if curiosity impels him onwards, let him make up his eyes and olfactories to a cruel disappointment.
When passing the hive our olfactories are saluted with a nauseous effluvia, arising from this corrupting mass.Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained
Particles of escaping tobacco dust float in the air and tickle our olfactories.The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba
- 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 olfactories
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olfactory(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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