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|Arabic to English translations [PRO]|
|Arabic term or phrase: زفاره, زناخة|
|زنخت الرائحة في المطبخ|
Zanoukhat Ar-RaIhatou fiel-Matbakh. The smell in the kitchen became Zen-khah!
How would you say that "This cup smells Zen-aehikh/Zef-faer" It is not stinky, tainted or stale, it is more of an Arabic sense to the word, if I can put it that way. It is the smell of traces of egg/meat on a kitchen utensil.
According to Sakhr Qamoos:
منتن - زنخ - كريه الرائحة - نتن - خم - زخم - سنخ
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Butter, fish or other fatty food that are rancid food have gone bad and taste or smell stale and unpleasant.
Source: Collins Cobuild, English Language Dictionary.
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The American Heritage Dictionary defines "smelly" as "having a noticeable, usually unpleasant or offensive odor." As you can see from this definition, "smelliness" is not necessarily synonymous with "stinkiness." It simply points out the presence of an odor where an odor is not expected or desired. Cleaned utensils are expected to have no trace of the odor of the foods of which they have been cleaned. If they still have a trace, then they are smelly.
I mentioned "fishiness" above mainly because where I grew up, ZFOORA (as well as Z"OORA) is the name we give to the fishy odor in particular. After eating, one washes his hands of three things: LFOODA (stickiness associated with sugary foods), DSOOMA (oiliness associated with fatty foods), and Z"OORA or ZFOORA (smelliness primarily associated with fish or shrimp).
The term "fishy" is also used metaphorically in reference to an odd element being sensed, not necessarily by the nose.
The American Heritage Society
Dictionary of Qatifi Dialect
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I am having a hard time putting my finger (not to say my nose) right on your understanding of the word ZANAKHA. It is either a smell or it isn't. If it is a smell, then "odor" should do just fine. "Odor" is not necessarily odious, just as "smelliness" is not necessarily stinkiness. The American Heritage Society defines odor as "the property or quality of a thing that affects, stimulates, or is perceived by the sense of smell."
You can say about the cup that it is smelly or that it has an odor. This just means that although it may have been washed of all gross matter, oiliness, and stickiness, the washing did not take care of the smell of the soup or the pacha. In other words, the cup may be clean, but it does not smell it. Another way of saying it is that it does not smell fresh. "Unfresh" is ripe for coining. Claim it before it is gone.
Now, if it is not a smell-quality you are after, you may want to clarify further.
American Heritage Dictionary
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