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    Hi there,

    Most people can't bear the smell of lamb. How can I describe that kind of smell of lamb. It is stinking but not rotten stink. BTW, how can I describe the smell of fish which is also unbearable?

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    pete

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    You are being a bit general by saying "most people"!

    You can say it smells revolting/disgusting/muttony/fatty

    Fish smells fishy and revolting [but only when it is going bad - fresh fish should not smell]

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    Hi Peter123,

    The smell and taste associated with lamb have been described as "gamy" (pronounced gāy'mē), which means having the flavor and odor of game (wild prey animals).

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    V.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Hi Peter123,

    The smell and taste associated with lamb have been described as "gamy" (pronounced gāy'mē), which means having the flavor and odor of game (wild prey animals).

    Regards.

    V.
    I have never met this - where did you find this statement? The smell and flavour of game meat is very different from the fatty smell of mutton.

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    Any smell that upsets you so much can be called "putrid."

    You don't have to have a descriptive word for the certain item.

    BTW, I thought it was "gamey"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    You are being a bit general by saying "most people"!

    You can say it smells revolting/disgusting/muttony/fatty

    Fish smells fishy and revolting [but only when it is going bad - fresh fish should not smell]

    This reminds me of a quote to the effect that "fish is the only food that is rotten when it smells like what it is".

    As for the smell of lamb, apart from the fact that most Kiwis have a fondness for it, I would definitely not use the word "muttony" as the difference between lamb and mutton is strikingly obvious. Especially if one's grown up in a country with anywhere from 35-80 million sheep.

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    Can you put into words what the difference is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Can you put into words what the difference is?


    My reaction to the smell of mutton would be similar to Peter's described reaction to lamb. Mutton somehow smells old, fatty, and a bit pungent. Lamb, to me and many other NZers, smells lighter, perhaps sweeter, definitely less fatty or tallowish, if that's a word.

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    The smell of "wet wool" is how some people describe it.

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    Default Re: lamb smell

    Hi Anglika and susiedqq,

    gamy also gamey (for me the same old story)

    gamy: Definition and Much More from Answers.com

    Regards.

    V.

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