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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to perception by a sensory organ.
  • adj. Involving the use of sense organs: organoleptic tests.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the sensory properties of a particular food or chemical, the taste, colour, odour and feel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Making an impression upon an organ; plastic; -- said of the effect or impression produced by any substance on the organs of touch, taste, or smell, and also on the organism as a whole.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Making an impression on an organ; specifically, making an impression on the organs of touch, taste, and smell.
  • Susceptible of receiving an impression; plastic.

Etymologies

French organoleptique : Greek organo-, organo- + Greek lēptikos, receptive (from lēptos, taken, seized, from lambanein, to take).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French organoleptique, from organo- + Ancient Greek  (lēptikos, "disposed to take"), from  (lambanein, "to take") (Wiktionary)

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