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An instrument for converting scents or odours into musical notes for the purposes of devising perfumes based on harmonious combinations; a scale of scents or odours produced by this.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Encyclopaedia Britannica. From ancient Greek ὀδ- to smell + -o- + -phone, apparently coined by George William Septimus Piesse, French chemist and inventor of the odophone. The word is apparently not found in English or in French sources earlier than quot. 1885.
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