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rancid

adjective ran·cid \ˈran(t)-səd\

of food : having a strong and unpleasant smell or taste from no longer being fresh

: full of anger and bitterness

Full Definition of RANCID

1
:  having a rank smell or taste
2
:  offensive
ran·cid·i·ty \ran-ˈsi-də-tē\ noun
ran·cid·ness \ˈran(t)-səd-nəs\ noun

Examples of RANCID

  1. Some foods become rancid quickly.
  2. <an unscrupulous food vendor who's as rancid as the meat that he serves>

Origin of RANCID

Latin rancidus, from rancēre to be rancid
First Known Use: 1646

rancid

adjective ran·cid \ˈran(t)-səd\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RANCID

:  having a rank smell or taste usually from chemical change or decomposition <rancid butter>

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