smelling, giving out a smell or scent
- 1607 obs. rare
from Latin olent-, olēns (giving out a smell)
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1607 - see EXAMPLE below
"...If the vrine of a Foxe fall vpon the grasse or other Herbs it drieth and killeth them, and the earth remaineth barren euer afterward. The sauour of a Foxe is more strong then of any other vulgar beast, he stincketh at Nose and taile, for which cause Martiall calleth it Olidam Vulpem, an Olent or smelling beast..."
From: The Historie of Foure-Footed Beastes
- Edward Topsell