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Meaning of rancid

ran•cid

Pronunciation: (ran'sid), [key]
— adj.
  1. having a rank, unpleasant, stale smell or taste, as through decomposition, esp. of fats or oils: rancid butter.
  2. (of an odor or taste) rank, unpleasant, and stale: a rancid smell.
  3. offensive or nasty; disagreeable.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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