olfactory organ

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Noun1.Olfactory organ - the organ of smell and entrance to the respiratory tractolfactory organ - the organ of smell and entrance to the respiratory tract; the prominent part of the face of man or other mammals; "he has a cold in the nose"
neb, snout - a long projecting or anterior elongation of an animal's head; especially the nose
rostrum, snout - beaklike projection of the anterior part of the head of certain insects such as e.g. weevils
turbinal, turbinate, turbinate bone - any of the scrolled spongy bones of the nasal passages in man and other vertebrates
chemoreceptor - a sensory receptor that responds to chemical stimuli
arteria ethmoidalis, ethmoidal artery - a branch of the ophthalmic artery supplying structures in and around the nasal capsule
upper respiratory tract - the nose and throat and trachea
nasal cavity - either of the two cavities lying between the floor of the cranium and the roof of the mouth and extending from the face to the pharynx
internasal suture, sutura internasalis - the suture between the two nasal bones
hooter, schnoz, schnozzle, snoot, snout, nozzle, honker, beak - informal terms for the nose
conk - informal term for the nose
hawk nose - a nose curved downward like the beak of a hawk
proboscis - the human nose (especially when it is large)
bridge - the hard ridge that forms the upper part of the nose; "her glasses left marks on the bridge of her nose"
pug nose - a short nose; flattened and turned up at the end
hooknose, Roman nose - a nose with a prominent slightly aquiline bridge
anterior naris, nostril - either one of the two external openings to the nasal cavity in the nose
face, human face - the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear; "he washed his face"; "I wish I had seen the look on his face when he got the news"
References in classic literature ?
They felt our skin, much in the same way that a silk mercer would handle a remarkably fine piece of satin; and some of them went so far in their investigation as to apply the olfactory organ.
We may note the garlic and whisky on the breath of a fellow strap hanger, or the cheap perfume emanating from the person of the wondrous lady sitting in front of us, and deplore the fact of our sensitive noses; but, as a matter of fact, we cannot smell at all, our olfactory organs are practically atrophied, by comparison with the development of the sense among the beasts of the wild.
Territory" includes both of Fattouh's "Love Talk" videos, and the installation "Archeology of the Nose," from 2012, which consists of nine silicone casts of the artist's olfactory organ, apparently the only body part, besides the ears, which continues to grow throughout one's life.