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firedamp

[ fahyuhr-damp ]
/ ˈfaɪərˌdæmp /
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noun Mining.
a combustible gas consisting chiefly of methane, formed especially in coal mines, and dangerously explosive when mixed with certain proportions of atmospheric air.
the explosive mixture itself.
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Origin of firedamp

First recorded in 1670–80; fire + damp
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firedamp
/ (ˈfaɪəˌdæmp) /

noun
a mixture of hydrocarbons, chiefly methane, formed in coal mines. It forms explosive mixtures with airSee also afterdamp
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