- 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 foetor
The "Foetor Judaiicus" must be noticeable also to have deserved the term.Ranching, Sport and Travel
Some had foetor of the breath as an early symptom, but others had it not.
He adds, from some other source of information, that children had generally clammy sweats upon them, with foetor of the breath.
- a variant spelling of fetor
- an offensive stale or putrid odour; stench
C15: from Latin, from fētēre to stink
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Word Origin and History for foetor
"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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