Definition of Rancid

1. Adjective. (used of decomposing oils or fats) having a rank smell or taste usually due to a chemical change or decomposition. "Rancid bacon"

Similar to: Stale
Derivative terms: Rancidness



2. Adjective. Smelling of fermentation or staleness.

Definition of Rancid

1. a. Having a rank smell or taste, from chemical change or decomposition; musty; as, rancid oil or butter.

Definition of Rancid

1. Adjective. Being rank in taste or smell. ¹

2. Adjective. offensive ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Rancid

1. having an unpleasant odor or taste [adj] : RANCIDLY [adv]

Medical Definition of Rancid

1. Having a rank smell or taste, from chemical change or decomposition; musty; as, rancid oil or butter. Origin: L. Rancidus, fr. Rancere to be rancid or rank. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rancid

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rancid (current term)
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Literary usage of Rancid

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"rancid, sour, having a rank smell. (L.) A late word ; in This word has influenced the sense of the E. adj. rank; see Rank (2). rancid-ly, ..."

2. Annual of Scientific Discovery: Or, Year-book of Facts in Science and Art by David Ames Wells, George Bliss, Samuel Kneeland, John Trowbridge, Wm Ripley Nichols, Charles R Cross (1857)
"A correspondent of tho London Builder gives the following results of his experiments upon rancid oil The following substances will prevent oil from getting ..."

3. Journal of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy by Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (1833)
"On the Nature of the Acid which is developed in rancid Fat, fyc. ... This acid is to be met with not only in rancid oils and fats, but also in the volatile ..."

4. Chemical Technology and Analysis of Oils, Fats and Waxes by Julius Lewkowitsch (1921)
"Other observers suggest that it is principally oleic acid that is set free in rancid oils and fats. Scala? who favours this view, isolated from a very ..."

5. A Glossary of the Cleveland Dialect: Explanatory, Derivative, and Critical by John Christopher Atkinson (1868)
"... stale or rancid butter. ' On the other hand, the word may be the equivalent of G. rasch, räss, rassig, sharp-tasting, harsh. Sw. rös, over-salted, ..."

6. Foods: Their Composition and Analysis by Alexander Wynter Blyth, Meredith Wynter Blyth (1903)
"The Analysis of rancid Butter.— According to Hanus,3 when butter goes rancid the glycerides of both the volatile and non-volatile acids are hydrolysed, ..."

7. The Chemical News and Journal of Industrial Science (1864)
"A fatty body in the ordinary state—suet, for instance—quickly becomes rancid by exposure to damp air ; in the state of globules, ..."

8. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"The first four others are equally innocuous (save that buttermilk makes it grow rancid more quickly; it is usually carelessness or incompetence rather than ..."

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