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From Latin nidor.



nidor (countable and uncountable, plural nidors)

  1. The smell of burning animals, especially of burning animal fat.
    • 1743, Thomas Stackhouse, A Compleat Body of Speculative and Practical Divinity, edition 3 (London), page 524:
      The First-fruits were a common Oblation to their Deities; but the chief Part of their Worship consisted in sacrificiing Animals : And this they did out of a real Persuasion, that their Gods were pleased with their Blood, and were nourished with the Smoke, and Nidor of them; and therefore the more costly, they thought them the more acceptable, for which Reason, they stuck not sometimes to regale them with human Sacrifices.
    • 1896, Daniel Waterland, A Review of the Doctrine of the Eucharist, page 623:
      Elsewhere to blood, smoke, and nidor, he opposes purity of thought, sincerity of affection, []
    • 1997, Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon:
      The smell, at some times of year sensible for Miles, of Sheep, and wool-fat, and that queasy Nidor of Lambs baking in ovens meant for bread []
  2. (nonstandard) Any smell.
    • 2007, Samuel F. Pickering, Autumn spring, page 28:
      For her part Vicki smells little, not even the nidor of antifreeze at the stock car races at Lake Doucette.
    • 2008, Edgar Wallace, Devil Man, page 9:
      The long, yellow face was framed in side whiskers; there hung about him the nidor of stale cigar smoke.




From Proto-Italic *knīdōs, from Proto-Indo-European *knīdos-. Cognate with Homeric Ancient Greek κνίση (knísē, smell of roasting fat) and Attic κνῖσα (knîsa), related to κνίζω (knízō, I pound, scratch, chop) and κνίδη (knídē, nettle) through an earlier dual sense of smelling and scratching.



nīdor m (genitive nīdōris); third declension

  1. the steam or smell from roasting, burning or boiling (especially animals)


Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative nīdor nīdōrēs
Genitive nīdōris nīdōrum
Dative nīdōrī nīdōribus
Accusative nīdōrem nīdōrēs
Ablative nīdōre nīdōribus
Vocative nīdor nīdōrēs


  • English: nidor
  • Italian: nidore
  • Portuguese: nidor