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

Word History


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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