- having an offensive odor; stinking.
Origin of fetid
1590–1600; < Latin fētidus, equivalent to fēt- (stem of fētēre to stink) + -idus -id4
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malodorous, smelly, noisome.
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Examples from the Web for foetid
It is like coming out of a foetid cave into the evening sunshine.Deerbrook
Smell not so foetid as in type; s. yellowish and mottled inside.European Fungus Flora: Agaricaceae
Their clothes and their letters reek with the foetid secretion of the musk deer.I Say No
If we fail, then death is preferable to life in this foetid pit, chained up and treated like dogs.Sea-Dogs All!
Orifice of coxal gland situated just behind that of the foetid gland.
- a variant spelling of fetid
- having a stale nauseating smell, as of decay
C16: from Latin fētidus, from fētēre to stink; related to fūmus smoke
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Word Origin and History for foetid
early 15c., from Latin fetidus (commonly, but incorrectly, foetidus) "stinking," from fetere "have a bad smell, stink." Perhaps connected with fimus "dung," or with fumus "smoke."
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- Having an offensive odor.
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