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white damp

noun
  1. a poisonous coal-mine gas composed chiefly of carbon monoxide.
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Origin of white damp

First recorded in 1880–85
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Historical Examples

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

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    Eva March Tappan