white damp



a poisonous coal-mine gas composed chiefly of carbon monoxide.

Origin of white damp

First recorded in 1880–85
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Historical Examples of white damp

  • There is also "white-damp," the gas which you see burning with a pretty blue flame over a hot coal fire.

    Diggers in the Earth

    Eva March Tappan