April 28 - May 4, 2008

miasma

(pl. miasmas or miasmata)

n. 1 an infectious or noxious vapour, esp. from putrescent organic matter, which pollutes the atmosphere. 2 a polluting, oppressive or foreboding atmosphere or influence. miasmal adj. miasmatic adj. miasmic adj. [Greek, = defilement, from miaino pollute] 

Source: The Canadian Oxford Dictionary
 

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