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

  • n. Slang A person who is despised.
  • n. A small musk turtle (Sternotherus odoratus) of the eastern and southern United States, usually found on the bottom of ponds and small streams.
  • n. Slang A motorboat.
  • n. An earthenware jar containing combustibles emitting a suffocating smoke, formerly used in naval warfare. Also called stinkball.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An annoying, bad or undesirable person
  • n. A species of turtle from southeastern Canada, Sternotherus odoratus
  • n. Alternative name for the common musk turtle
  • n. Alternative name for the southern giant petrel
  • n. Slang term referring to a motorboat (usually used by sailors)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An earthen jar charged with powder, grenades, and other materials of an offensive and suffocating smell, -- sometimes used in boarding an enemy's vessel.
  • n. A vessel in which disinfectants are burned.
  • n. The musk turtle, or musk tortoise. See under Musk.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pot or jar of stinking materials; a chamber-pot.
  • n. A receptacle containing a disinfectant. See the quotation under stinker.
  • n. A stinkball.
  • n. The musk-turtle, Cinosternum odoratum or Aromochelys odorata, a stinking kind of turtle common in some parts of the United States.
  • n. A name given by sailors to the giant petrel, Ossifraga gigantea, on account of its rank, musty smell.

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

  • n. small freshwater turtle having a strong musky odor
  • n. a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible


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  • "STINKPOT, a fire-fork, made of offensive combustibles, which is used at sieges." (citation in list description) See also stink-pot.

    October 9, 2008

  • Also stink-pot, stinker, or stinkard. Nickname for the Giant-Petrel.

    September 1, 2008