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mephitis

[ muh-fahy-tis ]
/ məˈfaɪ tɪs /
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noun
(in nontechnical use) a noxious or pestilential exhalation from the earth, as poison gas.
any noisome or poisonous stench.
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Origin of mephitis

1700–10; <Latin mephītis, mefītis; compare Oscan Mefit() the goddess of such exhalations
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