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miasma

[ mahy-az-muh, mee- ]
/ ma瑟藞忙z m蓹, mi- /
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noun, plural mi路as路mas, mi路as路ma路ta [mahy-az-muh-tuh, mee-]. /ma瑟藞忙z m蓹 t蓹, mi-/.
noxious exhalations from putrescent organic matter; poisonous effluvia or germs polluting the atmosphere.
a dangerous, foreboding, or deathlike influence or atmosphere.
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Origin of miasma

1655鈥65; <New Latin <Greek m铆asma stain, pollution, akin to mia铆nein to pollute, stain

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British Dictionary definitions for miasma

miasma
/ (m瑟藞忙zm蓹) /

noun plural -mata (-m蓹t蓹) or -mas
an unwholesome or oppressive atmosphere
pollution in the atmosphere, esp noxious vapours from decomposing organic matter

Derived forms of miasma

miasmal, miasmatic (藢mi藧蓹z藞m忙t瑟k), miasmatical or miasmic, adjective

Word Origin for miasma

C17: New Latin, from Greek: defilement, from miainein to defile
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