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  • adj. Having an unpleasant odor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. emitting an unpleasasnt odor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. offensively malodorous


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  • Skunks' main line of defense—a foul-smelling liquid they can spray from two sacks with great accuracy for as far as 12 feet—is so effective it keeps most potential predators away.

    Illinois Holds Its Nose as Skunks Flourish

  • Cholera has played a central role in the development of the field of public health: A cholera outbreak in London in 1854 was successfully battled by a London physician, Dr. John Snow, who helped lay to rest the long-held theory that the disease is caused by miasma, or foul-smelling air.

    Officials Say Haiti Cholera Outbreak Not As Dire As Predicted

  • A large sugar intake can also cause foul-smelling breath, cavities and gum disease too.

    Dr. Harold Katz: How to Explain Bad Breath to Your Kids

  • The beetles and dead birds battle for space with the crying woman inside the small foul-smelling room.

    The Memory Palace

  • Toda dribbles a foul-smelling tea down his throat, then motions for me to get started.

    The Memory Palace

  • Together they rake through foul-smelling refuse dumps for plastics, which Cheo transforms into flower jars, beads, statues and murals.

    Nigeria's Plastic Bag Dilemma

  • Israel has also invested heavily in riot-dispersal gear including accurate tear-gas launchers, high-powered loudspeakers that emit an intolerable buzzing noise, and cannons for dousing crowds with water or a foul-smelling liquid known as "skunk."

    Israel vows "tolerance" for Palestinian protests

  • And residents say the sand and soil on the coast is still saturated with foul-smelling, oily residue.

    Obama, Gulf Coast Residents Mark Oil Spill Anniversary

  • Each time he was forced to slip off the side of the berm and back into the foul-smelling mud of the adjoining rice paddy.

    Gideon’s war

  • The foul-smelling dump, spread over about 150 acres on the western edge of Mexico City, was one of the largest in Latin America. . .

    Down and Delirious in Mexico City


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