Smell-feast Smell"-feast`, n. 1. One who is apt to find and frequent good tables; a parasite; a sponger. [1913 Webster]

The epicure and the smell-feast. --South. [1913 Webster]

2. A feast at which the guests are supposed to feed upon the odors only of the viands. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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