Is there anything else that smells like something dead to even compare the "death smell" to?

The smell of death is called ___

Death smells like ___

  • Are you thinking of this flower?
    – cobaltduck
    Aug 10, 2016 at 20:25
  • Could you furnish an example sentence with a blank in it please, as the tag info requests, in order that we can be sure about what you're asking for?
    – Andrew Leach
    Aug 10, 2016 at 20:30
  • Never heard of that thing—sure looks disgusting!
    – user190075
    Aug 10, 2016 at 20:30
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    Durian comes to mind. Aug 10, 2016 at 20:35
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    Not sure. Does death have a smell? What does it smell like? Are you talking about the smell of a (human) corpse decomposing?
    – Dan Bron
    Aug 10, 2016 at 20:39

2 Answers 2


Never mind. I think I found it. Not sure if this is the actual name of the smell though.

Cadaverine - a foul-smelling diamine compound produced by the putrefaction of animal tissue.

Putrescine - a foul-smelling organic chemical compound that is related to cadaverine; both are produced by the breakdown of amino acids in living and dead organisms and both are toxic in large doses

(Source: Wikipedia)

  • Hello, Roy. Nice find. I have added the source in your answer. Please include the sources in all your future answers. :)
    – NVZ
    Aug 11, 2016 at 4:29
  • Thanks. I didn't think I needed the source for those definitions though because they are linked through the words.
    – user190075
    Aug 11, 2016 at 6:48
  • Linking is important. But it's also important to mention the source by name. It's written clearly in the help center. english.stackexchange.com/help/referencing :)
    – NVZ
    Aug 11, 2016 at 7:18

A slightly more common term would be miasma, which can also be used metaphorically.

  1. noxious exhalations from putrescent organic matter; poisonous effluvia or germs polluting the atmosphere.
  2. a dangerous, foreboding, or deathlike influence or atmosphere.


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