mephitis is, however, purely American wherever he comes from.
A skunk, (mephitis Americana,) which was killed in the afternoon, made a supper for one of the messes.
Because the odor is quite like mephitis it is considered a so-called anti-spasmodic.
Tortoises were very common, and the mephitis left frequent traces of his existence.
Visher (1914:91), however, reported that Spilogale was much commoner than mephitis in the early part of the century.
mephitis, me-fī′tis, n. a poisonous exhalation from the ground or from decaying substances—also Mephī′tism.
The biggest one of the mephitis family lives in Texas, and that empire is not disposed to boast itself withal on that account.
Its dentition is like that of mephitis save for the loss of an upper premolar.
Yet mephitis has the air of seeming rather to like, than to seek to avoid, mankind.
Soon a woman ka-wate (mephitis) came along with a vase and a gourd for water.
mephitis me·phi·tis (mə-fī'tĭs)
An offensive smell; a stench.
A poisonous or foul-smelling gas emitted from the earth.