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mephitic

Line breaks: meph|it¦ic
Pronunciation: /mɪˈfɪtɪk
 
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Definition of mephitic in English:

adjective

literary
(Especially of a gas or vapour) foul-smelling; noxious: the cloud of mephitic vapours lingered above our heads
More example sentences
  • The revelation gave a new frisson to such descriptions as that of Silas Wegg, stumping triumphantly over the mounds, his wooden leg puncturing the surface crust, leaving a trail of mephitic vapours behind him.
  • Black's student Daniel Rutherford called this gas mephitic air instead: mephitis is a noxious emission in legend, thought to emanate from the earth and cause pestilence.
  • But why did all become so nasty in the last few years, so raucous, so mephitic?

Origin

early 17th century: from late Latin mephiticus, from mephitis 'noxious exhalation'.

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