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miasma


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Miasma  \Mi*as"ma\,  n.;  pl  {Miasmata}.  [NL.,  fr  Gr  ? 
  defilement,  fr  ?  to  pollute.] 
  Infectious  particles  or  germs  floating  in  the  air;  air  made 
  noxious  by  the  presence  of  such  particles  or  germs;  noxious 
  effluvia;  malaria. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  miasma 
  n  1:  an  unwholesome  atmosphere;  "the  novel  spun  a  miasma  of  death 
  and  decay" 
  2:  unhealthy  vapors  rising  from  the  ground  or  other  sources; 
  "the  miasma  of  the  marshes"  or  "a  miasma  of  cigar  smoke" 




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