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rancid

[ ran-sid ]
/ ˈræn sɪd /
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adjective

having a rank, unpleasant, stale smell or taste, as through decomposition, especially of fats or oils: rancid butter.
(of an odor or taste) rank, unpleasant, and stale: a rancid smell.
offensive or nasty; disagreeable.

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Origin of rancid

1640–50; <Latin rancidus rank, stinking, equivalent to ranc(ēre) to be rotten + -idus-id4

OTHER WORDS FROM rancid

ran·cid·ly, adverbran·cid·ness, ran·cid·i·ty, nounun·ran·cid, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rancid

rancid
/ (ˈrænsɪd) /

adjective

(of butter, bacon, etc) having an unpleasant stale taste or smell as the result of decomposition
(of a taste or smell) rank or sour; stale

Derived forms of rancid

rancidity (rænˈsɪdɪtɪ) or rancidness, noun

Word Origin for rancid

C17: from Latin rancidus rank, from rancēre to stink
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Medical definitions for rancid

rancid
[ rănsĭd ]

adj.

Having the disagreeable odor or taste of decomposing oils or fats.
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