[ol-fak-tuh-ree, -tree, ohl-]
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;Related formsol·fac·to·ri·ly, adverbnon·ol·fac·to·ry, adjective, noun, plural non·ol·fac·to·ries.
< Latin olfactōrius,
equivalent to olfac(ere
) to smell at, sniff (ol(ēre
) to smell (akin to odor
) + facere
to make, do) + -tōrius -tory1
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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
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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[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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