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afterdamp

[af-ter-damp, ahf-] /ˈæf tərˌdæmp, ˈɑf-/
noun
1.
an irrespirable mixture of gases, consisting chiefly of carbon dioxide and nitrogen, left in a mine after an explosion or fire.
Origin of afterdamp
1855-1860
First recorded in 1855-60; after + damp
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  • You know, it is a product of combustion, and is very deadly—it is the much-dreaded white damp or afterdamp of a mine explosion.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
British Dictionary definitions for afterdamp

afterdamp

/ˈɑːftəˌdæmp/
noun
1.
a poisonous mixture of gases containing carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen formed after the explosion of firedamp in coal mines See also whitedamp
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