fetor

noun
fe·​tor | \ ˈfē-tər How to pronounce fetor (audio) , ˈfē-ˌtȯr\

Definition of fetor

: a strong offensive smell : stench

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The fetor was historic, and writers pulled out the literary stops. Alexandra Mullen, WSJ, "The Stink That Sank London," 11 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of fetor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fetor

Middle English fetoure, from Latin foetor, from foetēre

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fetor

noun
fe·​tor
variants: also foetor \ ˈfēt-​ər How to pronounce foetor (audio) , ˈfē-​ˌtȯ(ə)r How to pronounce foetor (audio) \

Medical Definition of fetor

: a strong offensive smell

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