- a strong, offensive smell; stench.
Origin of fetor
1475–1500; < Latin, equivalent to fēt- (stem of fētēre to stink) + -or -or1; replacing earlier fetour < Middle French < Latin fētōr-, stem of fētor
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Examples from the Web for fetor
The fetor of the skin, so characteristic of the negro, is not found in the Bushman.
Fetor of the breath, the perspiration and the skin are likewise noticeable.Gilbertus Anglicus
Henry Ebenezer Handerson
Do they, as many saints have done, smell the fetor of sin, the foul reek of evil in the souls that pass by them?The Cathedral
Fetor exhaled from its gaping jaws, smoke from its nostrils; its eyes were flame.The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci
Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
When fetor exists, as during the detachment of patches of exudation, antiseptic and detergent sprays may be employed.
- an offensive stale or putrid odour; stench
C15: from Latin, from fētēre to stink
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Word Origin and History for fetor
"offensive smell," mid-15c., from Latin fetor, foetor, from fetere (see fetid).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A very offensive odor.
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