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English translation: an approach will be announced by very strong smells

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English term or phrase:olfactory advertisments
English translation:an approach will be announced by very strong smells
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15:38 Feb 18, 2007
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English term or phrase: olfactory advertisments
This is material on our senses and the sentence is talking about smell.

This is the sentence:
Such skills(the previous paragraph talks about traditional medicine which uses odour for diagnosis) can also operate as a warning system in navigating our environment. This is often developed by tribal peoples in relation to warfare and protection of their environment, as invading troops will often send ahead of them very strong olfactory advertisments.

Is this a metaphorical usage?
What does 'olfactory advertisments' mean?
Kaysha
Canada
their approach will be announced by very strong smells
Explanation:
'advertisement' here is being used to mean an 'announcement'

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Note added at 9 mins (2007-02-18 15:48:06 GMT)
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Sorry - I clicked the mouse too soon. One meaning of advertisement is:

"2. A notice, such as a poster or a paid announcement in the print, broadcast, or electronic media, designed to attract public attention or patronage."
(From: "The Free Dictionary" at http://tinyurl.com/2zr9mq )

In your text, the announcement is being made by smell.
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Caryl Swift
Poland
Local time: 01:42
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their approach will be announced by very strong smells


Explanation:
'advertisement' here is being used to mean an 'announcement'

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Note added at 9 mins (2007-02-18 15:48:06 GMT)
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Sorry - I clicked the mouse too soon. One meaning of advertisement is:

"2. A notice, such as a poster or a paid announcement in the print, broadcast, or electronic media, designed to attract public attention or patronage."
(From: "The Free Dictionary" at http://tinyurl.com/2zr9mq )

In your text, the announcement is being made by smell.


Caryl Swift
Poland
Local time: 01:42
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Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 23
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Ioanna Karamanou: Yes. It is also a somewhat common phenomenon in the animal kingdom.
9 mins
  -> Yes, indeed. And in the human part of that kingdom, it occurs in a wide variety of different situations. Thank you :-)

agree  Will Matter: Right. Among other things, tobacco smoke (sometimes), smoke from fires, food smells and (last but not least) BO. All typical for this type of scenario.
21 mins
  -> Not to mention pack animals and camp followers. Thank you :-)

agree  William [Bill] Gray
40 mins
  -> Thank you :-)

agree  Paula Vaz-Carreiro
2 hrs
  -> Thank you :-)

agree  Sarah Downing: Definitely in the sense of an annoucement, e.g. like the French avertir (to warn)
2 hrs
  -> Thank you :-)

agree  Marie Scarano
2 hrs
  -> Thank you :-)

agree  Sophia Finos
5 hrs
  -> Thank you :-)

agree  Vicky Papaprodromou
6 hrs
  -> Thank you :-)

agree  Seema Ugrankar
8 hrs
  -> Thank you :-)

agree  Els Spin
9 hrs
  -> Thank you :-)
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