(rare) The foul-smelling asafoetida plant, or its extracts.
Other Word Forms of Fetid
Origin of Fetid
From the Latin adjective, fetidus (“having offensive odour”) (often incorrectly foetidus, giving rise to the variant spelling), originally feteo (“to stink”).
Middle English from Latin fētidus from fētēre to stink
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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