olfactory [äl fak′tə rē, ōlfak′tə rē]
[< L olfactus, pp. of olfacere, to smell < olere, to have a smell (akin to odor, ODOR) + facere, to make: see DO1]
of the sense of smell: also olfactive
pl. olfactories
[usually pl.] an organ of smell

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  • Olfactory — Ol*fac to*ry, a. [L. olfactus, p. p. of olfacere to smell; olere to have a smell + facere to make. See {Odor}, and {Fact}.] (Physiol.) Of, pertaining to, or connected with, the sense of smell; as, the olfactory nerves; the olfactory cells. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Olfactory — Ol*fac to*ry, n.; pl. {Olfactories}. An olfactory organ; also, the sense of smell; usually in the plural. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • olfactory — (adj.) 1650s, from L. olfactorius, from olfactus, pp. of olfacere to get the smell of, sniff, from olere give off a smell of (see ODOR (Cf. odor)) + facere make (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • olfactory — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to the sense of smell. ORIGIN from Latin olfacere to smell …   English terms dictionary

  • olfactory — olfactorily, adv. /ol fak teuh ree, tree, ohl /, adj., n., pl. olfactories. adj. 1. of or pertaining to the sense of smell: olfactory organs. n. 2. Usually, olfactories. an olfactory organ. 3. See olfactory nerve. [1650 60; < L olfactorius, equiv …   Universalium

  • olfactory — [[t]ɒlfæ̱ktəri[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n Olfactory means concerned with the sense of smell. [FORMAL] This olfactory sense develops in the womb …   English dictionary

  • olfactory — ol•fac•to•ry [[t]ɒlˈfæk tə ri, tri, oʊl [/t]] adj. n. pl. ries 1) anat. of or pertaining to the sense of smell 2) anat. Usu., olfactories. an olfactory organ 3) anat. olfactory nerve • Etymology: 1650–60; < L olfactōrius=olfac(ere) to smell at …   From formal English to slang

  • olfactory — /ɒlˈfæktəri/ (say ol faktuhree) adjective 1. of or relating to the sense of smell: olfactory organs. –noun (plural olfactories) 2. (usually plural) an olfactory organ. {Latin olfactōrius (adjective) …  

  • olfactory — adj. Olfactory is used with these nouns: ↑organ …   Collocations dictionary

  • olfactory — ol|fac|to|ry [ɔlˈfæktəri US a:l , oul ] adj [only before noun] technical [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: olfactorius, from olfacere to smell , from olere to smell + facere to do ] connected with the sense of smell ▪ the olfactory cells in the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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