Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Friday February 15, 2013

olfato, noun:
(sense of) smell

El olfato is one of your basic senses, the sense of smell.

El sentido del olfato está estrechamente relacionado con el sentido del gusto.
The sense of smell is closely linked to the sense of taste.

In English, we talk about 'having a nose for something.' Spanish uses a similar metaphor.

Siempre ha tenido muy buen olfato para los negocios.
He’s always had a good nose for business.

Olfatear derives from olfato, and refers to the action of smelling or sniffing something.

Las burbujas permiten a algunos mamíferos olfatear bajo el agua.
Bubbles make it possible for some mammals to smell underwater.


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