Definition of olfactory in English:


Syllabification: ol·fac·to·ry
Pronunciation: /älˈfakt(ə)rē, ōl-


  • Of or relating to the sense of smell: the olfactory organs
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    • 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.

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