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Smel(l, n. Also: smelle. [ME and e.m.E. smel (a1175), smell (c1400), related to next.] Odour, perfume, aroma; stench. Also proverb. and fig. Of his odoure thru the smel tha ryse agane that deid can fel; Leg. S. xli 7.
Withoutin meit bot … the smell [R. savorand off, C. saworande of] of ane apill faire; Wynt. i 722 (W).
The fowlis wyld and bestis fell That couth off karyowne fele the smelle; Wynt. iv 1003.
Sweit wes the smell of flouris; Henr. Fab. 1328.
So sweit ane smell as straik vnto his hart Quhen that he saw dame Plesance; K. Hart 401.
Fragrant, all full of fresche odour fynest of smell; Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 33.
Considir of hir bewte syngnys dyvyne … Quhat sweit savour and smel from hir spryngis; Doug. v xi 95.
Halesum of smel, as ony spicery; Doug. xii Prol. 143 (Ruddim.).
I past to the … feildis … to resaue the sueit fragrant smel … of hoilsum balmy flouris; Compl. 37/13.
Thay sall feill sic ane smell Surmountyng far the fleure of erthly flowris; Lynd. Mon. 6155.
The smell of auld butter wes feld in hir hous; 1603 Shetland Sheriff Ct. (ed.) 67.
Quhen she came home … she hade such a wyld smell that none could come neire her; 1650 Kingarth Par. Rec. 21.
proverb. The clink of my silver may staik for the smel of your rost; Carmichael Prov. No. 1472.
fig. In Grece ilk lord and worthy king Off forebearis thay tuke tarage and smell; Henr. Orph. 25.

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