Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A white crystalline organic compound, C9H9N, having a strong fecal odor, found naturally in feces, beets, and coal tar and used as a fixative in the manufacture of perfume.

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  • n. A mildly toxic white crystalline organic compound of the indole family, occurring naturally in faeces and coal tar.

Etymologies

Greek skōr, skat-, dung; see sker-3 in Indo-European roots + -ole.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ancient Greek σκῶρ (skōr, "excrement") + -ole (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The other culprit in boar taint is something called skatole, which is produced when pigs digest food, but it can be controlled with diet.

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  • Pasture-feeding, particularly on alfalfa and clover, increases the levels of a compound called skatole, which also contributes a barnyardy element to pork flavor, while lambs finished on grain for a month before slaughter are milder.

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  • •The characteristic odor is attributed to trace gases such as skatole, indole, and sulfur-containing compounds.

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  • The stinkiest compound in feces skatole has been isolated and weaponized by a retired Navy commander.

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  • Reply: skatole perhaps another ingredient! by nelswight (0 articles, 0 quicklinks, 0 diaries, 13 comments) on Tuesday, Jan 9, 2007 at 5: 28: 04 PM

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  • It often has musty and horse-stable notes, probably from the prolonged fermentation of the fruit layer skatole, cresol.

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  • Another important contributor to grass-fed flavor is skatole, which on its own smells like manure!

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  • They make fish inedible in a fraction of the time they take to spoil beef or pork, by consuming the savory free amino acids and then proteins and turning them into obnoxious nitrogen-containing substances (ammonia, trimethylamine, indole, skatole, putrescine, cadaverine) and sulfur compounds (hydrogen sulfide, skunky methanethiol).

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  • The unpleasant odor of some flatus is the result of trace gases, such as hydrogen sulfide, indole, and skatole, which are produced when foods decompose in the colon. belching, the air will work its way down and out the rectum.

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