Definition of flatulent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈflatjʊl(ə)nt/


1Suffering from or marked by an accumulation of gas in the alimentary canal: treat flatulent cows with caustic soda
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  • Speaking of wind, an Australian biologist has developed a serum which reduces methane gas from flatulent sheep and cows.
  • The midge-magnet sucks in female midges by mimicking the smell of flatulent cows.
  • In a nicely creepy scene they watch in bewilderment as animals flee from its cover, and the appearance of a feverish, flatulent hunter spells much worse to come.
1.1Related to or causing an accumulation of gas in the alimentary canal: the flatulent effect of beans
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  • The flatulent effects can be reduced, some people claim, by soaking dried beans for at least 5 hours, then draining, rinsing, boiling for at least 10 minutes in fresh water, and draining and rinsing again before the final cooking.
  • Other adverse effects from feeding high-quality alfalfa include gas or flatulent colic and skin lesions because of the rapid fermentation of its nutrients.
1.2Inflated or pretentious in speech or writing: his flatulent oratory
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  • They ended the decade big in America, big pretty much everywhere in fact, but making grandiose, flatulent music which seemed a depressing quid pro quo of their stadium-filling status.
  • At these sickeningly boring events, the dubious decisions of an often shadowy jury are announced with flatulent rhetoric and overchewed jokes to the accompaniment of plastic food and dishwasher wine.
  • Most English historians were cured of such flatulent emotion by the carnage of the first world war, the desolation of the great slump and the perilously tight margin of victory in the second world war.



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  • Rather officiously (and more than a little flatulently), a backward drum loop announces its arrival.


Late 16th century: via French from modern Latin flatulentus, from Latin flatus 'blowing' (see flatus).

  • This word came via French from modern Latin flatulentus, from Latin flatus ‘blowing’.

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