- a slight or invisible exhalation or vapor, especially one that is disagreeable or noxious.
Origin of effluvium
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- an unpleasant smell or exhalation, as of gaseous waste or decaying matter
C17: from Latin: a flowing out; see effluent
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Word Origin and History for effluvial
1640s, from Latin effluvium "a flowing out," from effluere (see effluence).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A shedding, especially of hair.
- An exhalation, especially one of bad odor or injurious influence. No longer in technical use.
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