ni·​dor | \ ˈnīˌdȯ(ə)r, -dər \
plural -s

Definition of nidor

: a strong smell : reek especially : the smell of cooking or burning meat or fat

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History and Etymology for nidor

Latin; akin to Old English hnītan to thrust, gore, knock, encounter, gehnǣst collision, battle, Old Norse hnīta to strike, hnita to weld, hnissa smell from cooking, unpleasant taste, Middle Irish cned wound, Greek knizein to scratch, tickle, tease, knisma scratch, knismos irritation, itching, knisa, knisē smell of burnt sacrifice, nidor, Latvian kniest to itch and to Latin ciner-, cinis ashes

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“Nidor.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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