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Smelling, vbl. n. Also: -yng, smelinge. [ME and e.m.E. smelling (c1175); Smel(l v.]

1. The sense of smell. Ydolis … ar dume & defe, but smelling [etc.]; Leg. S. xliii 202.
The thrid wertew is smelinge Of nes; Ratis R. 153.
In hering, seing, tuiching, gusting, smelling; Dunb. (OUP) 15/12.
Lorde, I haue synnit in my gust, in my sycht, and in my smelling, in my speiking [etc.]; Arundel MS 253/425.
Lynd. Mon. 825.

2. a. Const. out: The action of discovering as if by smell. Cf. Smel(l v. 2. b. Perfuming, causing (something) to smell (pleasant). Cf. Smel(l v. 3. a. [He had] wounderfull sagacitie and smelling out of men's naturalls; Melvill 64.
b. Ane polket of taffatie with poulder thairin for smelling of the saidis claithis; 1599 Treas. Acc. MS 27b.

3. Scent, smell. Cf. Smel(l n. Also fig. And quhen the lyoun of the king, And of his hors, hade the smelling, He wes blyth; Florimond 494.
fig. The odour and sueit sauour and smelling of gud fame; Irland Mir. III 16/2.

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