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olfactory Syllabification: ol·fac·to·ry
Pronunciation: /älˈfakt(ə)rē/

Definition of olfactory in English:


Of or relating to the sense of smell: the olfactory organs
More example sentences
  • The molecules diffuse through the surface layer of mucus and stimulate the olfactory receptors.
  • It was one of the sweetest smells their olfactory organs had ever encountered.
  • The olfactory organ is located in the mucous membrane lining the uppermost part of the roof of the nasal cavity.


Mid 17th century: from Latin olfactare (frequentative of olfacere 'to smell') + -ory2.

Words that rhyme with olfactory

factory, manufactory, phylactery, refractory, satisfactory

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