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ŏdōror , ātus, 1, v. dep. id.,
I.to smell at, examine by smelling (cf. olfacio).
I. Lit.: “pallam,Plaut. Men. 1, 2, 55.—
B. Transf., to smell out, detect by the scent; to scent: “ibo odorans, quasi canis venaticus,Plaut. Mil. 2, 2, 113: “cibum,Hor. Epod. 6, 10: “hominem,Col. 6, 2: “vultures sagacius odorantur,Plin. 10, 69, 88, § 191: “bellum,Vulg. Job, 39, 25.—
II. Trop.
A. To aspire to, aim at a thing, in a contemptuous sense; to snuff, as a dog: “quos odorari hunc decemviratum suspicamini,Cic. Agr. 2, 24, 65.—
B. To search out, trace out, investigate: “odorabantur omnia et pervestigabant,Cic. Verr. 2, 4, 13, § 31: “quid sentiant,id. de Or. 2, 44, 186: “quid futurum sit,id. Att. 14, 22, 1: “soles enim tu haec festive odorari,id. ib. 4, 14, 2: “pecuniam,id. Clu. 30, 82: “tu velim ex Fabio odorere,id. Att. 4, 8, 4: “sagacius,id. ib. 6, 4, 3: “odorandi vias occultas sagax,Amm. 14, 5, 6.—
C. To get an inkling or smattering of any thing: “odoratus philosophiam,Tac. Or. 19, 3: “veritatem leviter,Lact. 7, 1, 11.
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