ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin olēre, present active infinitive of oleō (with a later change in a conjugation), from an earlier form olō, from Proto-Italic *odō, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃ed- (to smell).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /oˈli.re/, [oˈl̺iːr̺e]
  • Hyphenation: o‧lì‧re

VerbEdit

olire (obsolete, poetic)

  1. to smell sweetly
    Synonyms: olezzare (literary), profumare
  2. (figuratively) to be redolent (of)
    Era il nostro parlare negli antichi tempi rozzo e grosso e materiale, e molto piú oliva di contado che di città.
    Our speech was rough, coarse and uncouth in the old times, and was far more redolent of the countryside than of the city.

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