[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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Related Words for olfactoryauditory
Examples from the Web for olfactory
Contemporary Examples of olfactory
Olfactory art, Burr admits, has been “completely and aggressively and successfully colonized by commercial interests.”
And then there are all the “olfactory landmarks” that live with us day to day, in laundry soaps and baby powder and new cars.
Our olfactory systems have long regarded pungency as not just innocuous but in fact pleasing.
Historical Examples of olfactory
Do odors impress some olfactory centre with images of the thing emitting them?
A strong odour of tobacco was wafted to his olfactory sense.
I do not know, although I assert that they are not olfactory organs.
The brain proper, from which arise only the olfactory and optic nerves.
What, then, represents the olfactory antenn in the scorpions?
British Dictionary definitions for olfactory
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 olfactory
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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