from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Physical strength; effective force; potency.
  • noun Strength of kind, quality, or degree, in a disparaging sense; hence, extravagance; excess; grossness; repulsiveness: as, rankness of growth; the rankness of a poison, or of one's pride or pretensions.
  • noun Insolence; presumption.
  • noun Strength of growth; rapid or excessive increase; exuberance; extravagance; excess, as of plants, or of the wood of trees.
  • noun Excessive fertility; exuberant productiveness, as of soil.
  • noun Offensive or noisome smell or taste; repulsiveness to the senses.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The condition or quality of being rank.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The property of being rank, of having a repulsive odor, of being stinky, foul or malodorous.

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

  • noun the attribute of having a strong offensive smell
  • noun the property of producing abundantly and sustaining vigorous and luxuriant growth


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