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  • The olfactory array immediately suppresses my sense of smell.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • No olfactory delusions.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • It came to my olfactory sense, full and fresh, overwhelming: the smell of vegetation.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Over the great bridge, with the sunlight through the girders making a constant flicker upon the moving cars, with the city rising up across the river in white heaps and sugar lumps all built with a wish out of non-olfactory money.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby

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  • Monsieur Defarge’s olfactory sense was by no means delicate, but the stock of wine smelt much stronger than it ever tasted, and so did the stock of rum and brandy and aniseed.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • We have radioactive isotope scanners, olfactory filters designed by the American DEA to detect the faintest chemical signatures of combustibles and toxins.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • SNOOPER, POISON: radiation analyzer within the olfactory spectrum and keyed to detect poisonous substances.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • At night when things got dull, which was every night, the men slid down the brass poles, and set the ticking combinations of the olfactory system of the Hound and let loose rats in the firehouse area-way, and sometimes chickens, and sometimes cats that would have to be drowned anyway, and there would be betting to see which the Hound would seize first.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • Olfactory hallucination, induced by sensual telepathy.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • He had always heard that the nose was the best link to the past, that the olfactory sense was the strongest for tapping into forgotten history, and now some long-stored remembrances of his own childhood flitted through his mind.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack

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  • A cloud of scent rises from her, lily of the valley, enveloping him in olfactory gauze.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • She stood by a window, holding a book in close contiguity to her nose, as if with the hope of gaining an olfactory acquaintance with its contents, since her imperfect vision made it not very easy to read them.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • As he passed the Rue de la Huchette, the odor of those admirable spits, which were incessantly turning, tickled his olfactory apparatus, and he bestowed a loving glance toward the Cyclopean roast, which one day drew from the Franciscan friar, Calatagirone, this pathetic exclamation: ~Veramente, queste rotisserie sono cosa stupenda~!
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • With that olfactory observation, that specific little detail, the Terror unspooled.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • One would suspect that this would cause olfactory problems, but there is no odor about these primitives except for the slight, sweet smell of chalma.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • His curly brown hair clung matted to his forehead, and my olfactory senses said without question it was closing in on the time of month when the Thorntons should consider emptying the moonshine out of the bathtub.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • That hateful staircase, up which I always passed with such dismay, gave out a smell of varnish which had to some extent absorbed, made definite and fixed the special quality of sorrow that I felt each evening, and made it perhaps even more cruel to my sensibility because, when it assumed this olfactory guise, my intellect was powerless to resist it.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Well, using your olfactory method of investigation, what have you learned, my friend?
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Depending on how sophisticated you want to get, the links can be audiovisual, kinesthetic, tactile, even olfactory.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • Thus by association with the initial letters they mastered the twelve cranial nerves: olfactory, optic, oculomotor, trochlear, and the rest.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Taste buds offer a relatively limited means of detection, however, compared to the human olfactory system, which can perceive thousands of different chemical aromas.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • There was one objection to the house, and that was, the very powerful odor of dried fish, of macerated meat, and of sour milk, which three fragrances combined did not at all suit my olfactory nerves.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • What made it possible for certain olfactory nerves to be stimulated by various odors?
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • He added sotto voce, "And it improves my olfactory experience, you know?"
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • At last he began to pass the razor very lightly over the Major’s chin, and although it was very difficult to shave him without using the olfactory organ as a point of support, he succeeded, however, by placing his wrinkled thumb against the Major’s lower jaw and cheek, thus overcoming all obstacles and bringing his task to a safe conclusion.
    Nikolai Gogol  --  The Nose
  • But once you’ve gone this far, I must point out, with primary, secondary, auditory, olfactory, and labial hallucinations, as well as tactile and optical fantasies, it is pretty bad business.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • The olfactory membranes covered an extensive surface; his ears stuck out and were movable, so that they not only played a role in facial expression but also were more adept at catching sound than at present.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • They flow out of the mouth and up the nostrils, or up the passageway in the back of the mouth, to a thin layer of nerve cells called the olfactory epithelium, located at the base of the nose, right between the eyes.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • During that awful period with Ghosh in jail, Almaz holding vigil outside prison, and the Emperor so distrustful of everyone that Lulu had to sniff every morsel of His Majesty’s food, my olfactory brain, the feral intelligence, came awake.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • A panel appointed by the National Academy of Sciences warned in 1985 that the nation’s meat in— spection program was hopelessly outdated, still relying on visual and olfactory clues to find disease while dangerous pathogens slipped past undetected.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
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