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olfactory

[ol-fak-tuh-ree, -tree, ohl-]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the sense of smell: olfactory organs.
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noun, plural ol·fac·to·ries.
  1. Usually olfactories. an olfactory organ.
  2. olfactory nerve.
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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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Examples from the Web for olfactories

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Particles of escaping tobacco dust float in the air and tickle our olfactories.


British Dictionary definitions for olfactories

olfactory

adjective
  1. of or relating to the sense of smell
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noun plural -ries
  1. (usually plural) an organ or nerve concerned with the sense of smell
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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 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.
  1. Of, relating to, or contributing to the sense of smell.
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olfactories in Science

olfactory

[ŏl-făktə-rē, ōl-]
  1. 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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