Definition: (of foods containing fat or oil) smelling or tasting unpleasant as a result of being old and stale

Sentence example: Based on interviews with some Bangladeshi workers, the researchers found that the meals – usually a pile of rice and some tinned meat or curry – are often delivered hours in advance. “Breakfasts and lunches are delivered to workers’ dormitories as early as 6am. By lunch time, the food smells rancid,” said a researcher. The meals are also sorely lacking in nutrition value, and some workers often complain of stomach problems, he added.

The Power Memory Strategy:

  • Link to ra-, i.e. rat
  • Link to -cid, i.e. acid ⇒ sour
  • Put together⇒ the rotting food that smells sour has attracted rats
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