white damp

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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. white corpuscle,
  2. white crab,
  3. white crappie,
  4. white croaker,
  5. white currant,
  6. white dwarf,
  7. white elephant,
  8. white ensign,
  9. white false hellebore,
  10. white feather

Origin of white damp

First recorded in 1880–85

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Examples from the Web for 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