- (in nontechnical use) a noxious or pestilential exhalation from the earth, as poison gas.
- any noisome or poisonous stench.
Origin of mephitis
Related Words for mephitisstink, smell, reek, vapor, odor, gas, fumes, smog, pollution, stench, fetor, mephitis, effluvium, redolence, funk, malodor
Examples from the Web for mephitis
Historical Examples of mephitis
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.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
Tortoises were very common, and the mephitis left frequent traces of his existence.
Mephitis, me-fī′tis, n. a poisonous exhalation from the ground or from decaying substances—also Mephī′tism.
Because the odor is quite like Mephitis it is considered a so-called anti-spasmodic.
- An offensive smell; a stench.
- A poisonous or foul-smelling gas emitted from the earth.