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primary odor

in various theories of odor perception, any of a number of posited odor qualities that somehow combine to produce the perception of an odor. See Crocker–Henderson odor system; Henning’s odor prism; Zwaardemaker smell system.

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May 21st 2024



n. in the analytic psychology of Carl Jung, the public face an individual presents to the outside world, in contrast to more deeply rooted and authentic personality characteristics. This sense has now passed into popular usage. The term is taken from the mask worn by actors in Roman antiquity.