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Topic: FOOD

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: rancidus, from rancere 'to have decayed, smell bad'

rancid

adjective
     
ran‧cid
DF oily or fatty food that is rancid smells or tastes unpleasant because it is no longer fresh:
rancid butter
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