• WordNet 3.6
    • n foetor a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant
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In literature:

The air was hot, but it struck a chill from its foetor.
"Essays of Travel" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Perfume from battle-fields rising, up from the foetor arising.
"Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman
The "Foetor Judaiicus" must be noticeable also to have deserved the term.
"Ranching, Sport and Travel" by Thomas Carson
The gums are swollen and spongy, and may show superficial ulceration, associated with bleeding and extreme foetor of the breath.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
The Diarrhoea continued, with frequent discharges of blood; but the stools had now lost their foetor.
"Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air" by Joseph Priestley
The air was hot, but it struck a chill from its foetor.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Both of these symptoms are those of an anaemic condition, as is foetor of the breath.
"A Manual of Toy Dogs" by Mrs. Leslie Williams

In poetry:

Black monstrous bridges across oily rivers,
Cobwebs of cable to nameless things spun;
Catacomb deeps whose dank chaos delivers
Streams of live foetor that rots in the sun.
"The Cats" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft