noun, plural mi·as·mas, mi·as·ma·ta [mahy-az-muh-tuh, mee-] /maɪˈæz mə tə, mi-/.
Origin of miasma
Examples from the Web for miasma
The air of CGI is thick with the miasma of biz-school neologisms.Is It Over? A 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Postmortem|Matthew DeLuca|September 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And I wonder if what we are looking at with the “fly by” of Minneapolis might not be a form of miasma—called boredom.
Miasma, mī-az′ma, n. unwholesome exhalations arising from putrescent matter—also Mī′asm:—pl.
The attacks of illness which arise from miasma never fail to appear most mysterious.A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World|Charles Darwin
The miasma from the swamps had obviously undermined Moreau's health; but Marston doubted if this accounted for all.Wyndham's Pal|Harold Bindloss
A word slipped into her mind like a whiff of miasma off an evil swamp.The Drums Of Jeopardy|Harold MacGrath
As he looked round it, he could imagine that a light mist invaded it stealthily, like miasma rising from some sinister marsh.Bye-Ways|Robert Smythe Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for miasma
noun plural -mata (-mətə) or -mas
Word Origin for miasma
Word Origin and History for miasma
1660s, from Modern Latin miasma "noxious vapors," from Greek miasma (genitive miasmatos) "stain, pollution, defilement, taint of guilt," from stem of miainein "to pollute," from possible PIE root *mai- "to stain, soil, defile" (cf. Old English mal "stain, mark," see mole (n.1)). Earlier form was miasm (1640s), from French miasme. Related: Miasmatic; miasmal.